Dukes swept by Charleston, suffer seventh straight loss

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The James Madison baseball team was swept on Sunday afternoon by the College of Charleston, falling 10-8 on get away day. The Dukes fall to 18-15 on the season and 2-7 in CAA play. They will host UVA this Tuesday before traveling to William & Mary next weekend.

The Dukes jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, scoring in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a groundout to short and an attempt to steal home by Harry Brown. Charleston would answer in the fifth to tie the ballgame and would later take the lead in the sixth. Harry Brown would add to his big day, homering to left center field to tie the game at three. The Cougars would not go away, scoring two in the top half of the seventh to regain the lead.

In the bottom of the seventh JMU exploded for five runs, taking the lead 8-5. Michael Morgan started the inning, grounding out to third and allowing Dom Cepullio to score. After the Cougars intentionally walked Harry Brown to get to Brady Harju, the first basemen went yard for his first grand slam of the season. The slam was his fourth of the year. Harju finished the day 1-for-4 extending his hitting streak to eight games and extending his on base streak to 12 games. Harju had five RBIs on the afternoon which is the most any JMU player has had this season. Charleston would go on to score five more in the top of the eighth to take the lead and defeat the Dukes on Sunday.

GAME FACTS
- Callaway Sigler made his first collegiate start for the Dukes, starting in left field this afternoon.
- Harry Brown hit his second home run of the year, crushing a ball to deep left center field to tie the game in the sixth.
- Brady Harju extended his hitting streak to eight games, while increasing his reached base streak to 12, with the grand slam to left center field in the seventh.
- JMU will host UVA on Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Park. Tickets are on sale now and the first 200 students are guaranteed a spot in the stands.

SCORING SUMMARY
Bottom 4th | JMU 2 – CHARLESTON 0 | The Dukes took the lead in the fourth when Brady Harju grounded out to shortstop, scoring Michael Morgan. Harry Brown would steal home later that inning to increase the Dukes lead.
Top 5th | JMU 2 – CHARLESTON 2 | Charleston would homer to left center to tie the ballgame.
Top 6th| JMU 2 – CHARLESTON 3 | The Cougars would homer to left in the sixth to take a 3-2 lead.
Bottom 6th| JMU 3 – CHARLESTON 3 | Harry Brown hit his second home run of the season to deep left center field to tie the game at three.
Top 7th | JMU 3 – CHARLESTON 5 | Two runners came home to score on an error in the infield.
Bottom 7th| JMU 8 – CHARLESTON 5 | Michael Morgan grounded out to third scoring Dom Cepullio. Brady Harju would hit a grand slam later in the inning to give the Dukes a 8-5 lead.
Top 8th| JMU 8 – CHARLESTON 10 | The Cougars would take the lead in the eighth scoring five runs.

WHAT COACH IKE HAD TO SAY
“I have never seen a more back and forth type of baseball game. Every time one team scored the other came right back and answered. Brady has been working hard to get his swing right and force pitchers to give him his pitch. He did that today and hit the grand slam in the seventh. This weekend will make us better, as we learned how much heart this team has with everything that has gone on. We will get back at it on Tuesday.”

UP NEXT
The Dukes will host ACC opponent Virginia in a midweek matchup at Veterans Memorial Park. Tickets are on sale now and the first 200 students will be guaranteed a spot in the stands.