Dukes drop CAA tournament opener to William & Mary, 2-1
James Madison baseball (31-25) fell to the William & Mary Tribe (32-20) Wednesday 2-1 in the opening round of the CAA Tournament. The Dukes and Tribe were scoreless until the fourth when both teams scored runs. Kevin Kelly falls to 7-7 on the season, after pitching six innings of baseball.
The Dukes opened up the scoring in the top of the fourth, as Conor Hartigan punched a sacrifice fly out to left field to score Kyle Novak from third. The Dukes would strand a pair in the inning and left a total of 12 runners on in the ballgame. In the bottom half, Brandon Raquet launched a two-run home run to left center field to give the Tribe the lead. William & Mary would strand runners on second and third in the ninth to end the late James Madison rally.
- James Madison baseball left 12 runners on base in the loss to William & Mary.
- Conor Hartigan started in right field for the Dukes collecting an RBI on a sacrifice fly to left.
- Kyle Novak and Matt Dipasupil both collected multi-hit games for the Dukes.
- Kevin Kelly falls to 7-7 on the season after pitch six innings of work, allowing two runs, on five hits and striking out six.
- JMU struck out a season low three times on Wednesday.
Top 4th | JMU 1 – WM 0 | Conor Hartigan punches a sacrifice fly out to left field to score Kyle Novak from third.
Bottom 4th| JMU 1 – WM 2 | Brandon Raquet hits a two-run home run to deep left center field to take a 2-1 lead.
“We were one big hit away from blowing it open tonight. We talk about it a lot, two strike, two out hits are what wins ballgames and we didn’t get them tonight. I told the guys that we have to come out tomorrow and be aggressive. We have to play our style of baseball, but be aggressive. I thought we were passive at times at the plate when we needed to be aggressive. If you shoot the ball the opposite way here or there we win that game.”
The Dukes will put their season on the line tomorrow morning against Northeastern. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. from Veterans Memorial Park.