Dukes fall to Northeastern, eliminated from CAA tournament

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison baseball (31-26) fell to Northeastern (27-28) 9-7 in the first elimination game of the CAA Tournament. The Dukes season ends after winning 30 games for the first time since 2011 and making the CAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.

Northeastern jumped out to an early 2-0 in the first, scoring on a Jake Farrell double down the line in left. In the bottom of the second, Brady Harju cut the lead to one with his ninth home run of the season. The solo-shot to left was his second against the Huskies this season.

In the third the Dukes took their first lead of the game. Matt Dipasupil tied the game with a bases loaded single to center field. Conor Hartigan drew a bases loaded walk the next at bat. In the fourth, Jeff Costello tripled down the line in right to score and tie the ballgame. Next batter Ryan Solomon singled to left to regain the lead for the Huskies.

In the fifth the Huskies blew open the game, scoring three runs to extend the Huskies lead. In the bottom half of the sixth, JMU cuts the lead to 7-5 with a bases loaded single by Fox Semones. Northeastern added another two runs in the eighth on an Ian Fair homer to left center to lead 9-5.

In the bottom of the eighth Callaway Sigler led off with a single to left. DaVonn Griffin crushed his second home run of the season to left center and the Dukes cut the lead to 9-7, before being retired in order in the ninth to end the season.

GAME FACTS
- Brady Harju finished the day with a run scored, a RBI, a hit and a walk. The solo shot in the second was his ninth of the season and he led the team in that category.

- DaVonn Griffin had a multi-hit day for the Dukes, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and collected a two-run homer to left center in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Northeastern lead to 9-7.

- Nick Stewart fell to 4-5 on the season with the loss on Thursday.

- Conor Hartigan and Fox Semones both had multi-hit days for the Dukes, combining four a 4-for-9 day. The two scored a run and combined for three RBIs in the season ending loss.

SCORING SUMMARY
Top 1st | JMU 0 – NU 2 | Jake Farrell doubled down the line in left to score a pair in the first for the Huskies.

Bottom 2nd | JMU 1 – NU 2 | Brady Harju cut the Northeastern lead to 2-1 with a solo-shot to left field.

Bottom 3rd | JMU 3 – NU 2 | Matt Dipasupil tied the ballgame for the Dukes, with a bases loaded single to center field. Conor Hartigan drew a bases loaded walk the next at bat to give the Dukes the 3-2 lead.

Top 4th | JMU 3 – NU 4 | Jeff Costello tripled down the line in right to score and tie the ballgame. Next batter Ryan Solomon singled to left field to give the Huskies the lead.

Top 5th | JMU 3 – NU 7 | Corey DiLoreto scores a run on a double to the wall in right. Later that inning Jeff Costello grounded out to push across a sixth run for the Huskies, before a sacrifice bunt scores a seventh.

Bottom 6th | JMU 5 – NU 7 | With the bases loaded, Fox Semones singles up the middle to score a pair for the Dukes.

Top 8th | JMU 5 – NU 9 | Ian Fair homered to left center field to extend the Huskies lead to 9-5.

Bottom 8th | JMU 7 – NU 9 | Callaway Sigler led off the inning with a single to left, before DaVonn Griffin crushed a two-run homer to left center field to cut the Northeastern lead to 9-7.

WHAT COACH IKE HAD TO SAY
“I am really proud of the way these guys played today and all season. They wanted to be special and they worked to get to the marks they hit this season. With the wins on the road at Maryland and two out in California from Fullerton we really put our names on the map and showed a lot of people what JMU baseball is all about. This was a really fun and special group to coach and it is tough to see them go out like this.”

UP NEXT
Dukes finish the season 31-26 and fall in the first elimination game of the tournament. JMU had their first 30-win season since 2011 and made the CAA Tournament for the first time since 2016.