Dukes drop eighth straight in loss to UVA

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison baseball fell to UVA on Tuesday evening 9-3. The Dukes have dropped their last eight games and are now 18-16 on the season. Justin Showalter was pinned with the loss, after allowing four runs in the first two innings. The Cavaliers scored in six of the nine innings, including at least one run in the first five.

To open the game UVA doubled down the line in right and walked to set up a two on and no out situation for Brendan Rivoli. Rivoli would send his first home run of the night over the wall in right center to give the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead. After collecting runs in the second and third off of base hits, Rivoli crushed his second home run of the night in the fourth to put UVA up 6-1. The Cavaliers would tack on another three runs to defeat the Dukes 9-3.

Trevon Dabney collected an RBI in the second singling to right field to break up the no hitter and score David Willis. In the fifth inning Fox Semones would lace a double down the line in left to score Matt Dipasupil and cut the UVA lead to six. JMU would start a small rally in the ninth, but only scored one. James Madison will have the rest of the week off before heading out to Williamsburg, Virginia to take on William & Mary in CAA play.

- Fox Semones increased his hitting streak to five games with an RBI double in the fifth. He also extended reaching base safely to six games.
- Brady Harju had his eight-game hitting streak come to an end and his 12-game reached base streak end.
- Matt Dipasupil rides his longest hitting streak to six games with a single against UVA. He tied his longest reached base streak at six.
- Justin Showalter was pegged with the loss, falling to 1-3 on the season.

Top 1st | JMU 0 – UVA 3 | Virginia opened up the scoring with a Brendan Rivoli three-run home run to right center.
Top 2nd | JMU 0 – UVA 4 | Tanner Morris reached on a fielding error and the Cavaliers increased their lead to 4-0.
Bottom 2nd | JMU 1 – UVA 4 | Trevon Dabney singles to right field to score David Willis from third.
Top 3rd | JMU 1 – UVA 5 | Nate Eikhoff singled through the right side to score UVA’s fifth run.
Top 4th | JMU 1 – UVA 6 | Brendan Rivoli hits a solo-home run to extend the UVA lead to 6-1.
Top 5th| JMU 1 – UVA 8 | Logan Michaels singled through the left side to score Zack Gelof. Tanner Morris would reach on a fielding error and the Cavaliers extended their lead to 8-1.
Bottom 5th | JMU 2 – UVA 8 | Fox Semones doubles down the line in left and Matt Dipasupil scores.
Top 9th | JMU 2 – UVA 9 | UVA adds another run in the ninth with a sacrifice fly out to right field.
Bottom 9th | JMU 3 – UVA 9 | Travis Reifsnider singles to right field in the bottom of the ninth and advanced to third on a fielding error by the right fielder. Carson Bell was able to come around and score to cut the UVA lead.

“It was a tough loss. All teams that are good are able to continue to stretch the lead and UVA did that tonight. Our pitcher and defense was not up to our standards and we need to work on that heading back into CAA play.”

The Dukes will travel to William & Mary this weekend to take on the Tribe in CAA conference play. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Pulmeri Park.