Dukes explode for 14 runs in win at Maryland

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- James Madison baseball improved to 21-17 on the season with a 14-1 victory over Maryland Tuesday. The Dukes scored five runs in the top of the first to get off to a quick start against the Big 10 opponent. Michael Bechtold improved to 2-1 on the season with the win and only allowed two hits in his four innings pitched.

The Dukes started hot, putting a five spot in the first beginning with a Kyle Novak RBI single. JMU would continue to stretch the lead in the second, when Novak collected his second of three RBIs with a sacrifice fly to center field. The Dukes would cool off for a couple innings before scoring three in the top of the sixth. Dabney and Semones hit back-to-back doubles, before Brady Harju homered to left field.

In the seventh JMU added another five runs, as David Willis led off the inning with a solo home run over the center field wall. Dabney would score on a passed ball and Carson bell would single to right field to score a run. Harju would add a walk and the Dukes would increase the lead to 14-1. Maryland would tally their lone run in the Bottom of the seventh, singling to center and end the shutout.

- In the top of the first Callaway Sigler picked up his first-career RBI on a groundout to second.

- The 14-1 victory on Tuesday was the first win for the Dukes in the series dating back to 2015.

- Brady Harju hit his fifth home run in the contest, with a two-run blast over the scoreboard in left.

- The Dukes score five runs in two separate innings on Tuesday, once in the top of the first and once in the top of the seventh.

- Michael Bechtold improved to 2-1 on the season, pitching 4.0 innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.

- Kyle Novak and Brady Harju both tallied three RBIs on the afternoon against Maryland.

Top 1st | JMU 5 – UMD 0 | Kyle Novak singled through the right side to score two to kick off the first. David Willis added to the lead with a single through the left side, scoring Kyle Novak. Kyle Hayes singled to left field and advanced to second on the throe to score Matt Dipasupil. Callaway Sigler grounded out to second, scoring David Willis.

Top 2nd | JMU 6 – UMD 0 | Kyle Novak flied out to center field, scoring Trevon Dabney.

Top 6th | JMU 9 – UMD 0 | Fox Semones doubles to the gap in left and scores Trevon Dabney from second. Brady Harju crushes a two-run home run over the scoreboard in left field.

Top 7th | JMU 14 – UMD 0 | David Willis hits a solo home run over the batters eye in center field. Trevon Dabney scored on a passed ball. Carson Bell singled to right field to score DaVonn Griffin. Brady Harju drew a walk to score Trevon Dabney. Matt Dipasupil punched a sacrifice fly out to left field and Fox Semones scored from third.

Bottom 7th | JMU 14 – UMD 1 | Benjamin Cowles singled to center to give the Terps their first run of the ballgame.

“Really impressed with how we played tonight in Maryland. We hit a little bit of traffic and showed up a bit after schedule and played great. Our bats were alive from first pitch and I thought Bechtold came out with something to prove. We did what every good team does and that was extend the lead when we needed too. Our pitchers out of the pen were incredible and we will look to carry this momentum into the weekend.”

The Dukes will host St. Bonaventure on Thursday and Friday. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 6 p.m.