Dukes defeat Fairfield, improve to 15-6 on the season

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison baseball improved to 15-6 on the season with a 4-2 victory over the Fairfield Stags on Tuesday afternoon. Michael Bechtold picked up his first victory on the mound for the Dukes this season, improving to 1-0 on the year. Nick Robertson picked up his team leading sixth save of the year, scattering two hits and allowing his first run of the season. Seven Dukes collected hits this afternoon and four of them came around to score.

The Dukes improved to 5-0 on Tuesday’s and are now 11-0 when scoring first this season. JMU will host Fairfield for the second of two midweek games on Wednesday, before welcoming in CAA opponent Delaware this weekend.

- Matt Dipasupil started his first game for the Dukes this season, playing second base.

- Michael Bechtold earned his first victory of the season, improving to 1-0 with the win on Tuesday.

- Nick Robertson picked up his sixth save of the season and is inching toward the single-season record.

- The Dukes are now 6-0 when wearing the all-white uniforms this season. They are also 11-0 when scoring first.

Bottom 1st | JMU 1 – FFD 0 | Fox Semones singles to right field to score Trevon Dabney.

Bottom 2nd | JMU 2 – FFD 0 | Nick Zona places a suicide squeeze down the third base line and Matt Dipasupil scores to increase the lead to 2-0.

Top 5th | JMU 2 – FFD 1 | Fairfield cut the Dukes lead to 2-1 with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Bottom 5th | JMU 3 – FFD 1 | Nick Zona scored on a wild pitch to give the Dukes a 3-1 lead.

Bottom 6th | JMU 4 – FFD 1 | Matt Dipasupil singled up the middle to score Travis Reifsnider.

Top 9th | JMU 4 – FFD 2 | Fairfield threatened in the ninth but fell 4-2 to the Dukes on Tuesday.

“It was nice to be home after the great road trip we took this past weekend. I thought the guys really responded to the feedback we gave them from the weekend and I liked how alert they were this afternoon. Bechtold was able to have another quality start and picked up his first win of the season. Tre continues to hit the ball from the leadoff spot and it helps us put the pressure on people early in ballgames. We will regroup and get ready for one more game against Fairfield, before preparing for conference play.”

The Dukes will host Fairfield on Wednesday for the second Midweek against the Stags. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.