JMU baseball defeats George Mason, 10-7

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- On a frigid afternoon the JMU baseball team defeated George Mason 10-7 to improve to 8-4 on the season. The Dukes started hot scoring four in the bottom of the second before Mason answered with seven unanswered runs. JMU would get back in the runs column scoring in the final three frames to put the Patriots away. Matt Marsili picked up his first victory of the season for the Dukes and tied a season high for innings pitched. Nick Robertson was credited with a two-inning save, his third of the season. Freshman Nick Zona finished the game 2-for-5, scoring two runs and collected an RBI to go along with it.

James Madison will return to action during this six-game home stand, hosting High Point Universtiy this weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Friday at Veterans Memorial Park.

GAME FACTS
- Matt Marsili picked up his first victory of the season for the Dukes and tied a season high for innings pitched with 1.0.

- Nick Robertson had a season high in Innings pitched (2.0), Strikeouts (4), and saves (3) all in the win over George Mason. The four strikeouts and three saves are career highs for Robertson.

- Nick Zona finished the game 2-for-5, scoring two runs and collected an RBI.

- Fox Semones, Kyle Novak and Brady Harju were all able to collect two RBIs on the evening to help the Dukes defeat George Mason on Tuesday.

SCORING SUMMARY
Bottom 2nd| JMU 4 – GMU 0 | The Dukes exploded for four runs in the bottom of the second to jump out to an early lead on Tuesday.

Top 3rd| JMU 4 – GMU 3 | George Mason would answer in the top of the third after Lucas Driscoll homered to right field.

Top 4th| JMU 4 – GMU 5 | Mason would add two more in the top half of the fourth inning on passed balls.

Top 6th| JMU 4 – GMU 7 | The Patriots would extend their lead to 7-4 in the sixth and would fail to score again.

Bottom 6th| JMU 6 – GMU 7 | Brady Harju singled to left field, allowing Dom Cepullio and Kyle Novak to score on the play.

Bottom 7th| JMU 9 – GMU 7 | The Dukes would add three more in the seven to give themselves some insurance runs.

Bottom 8th| 10 – GMU 7 | Kyle Hayes would add the 10thrun of the evening, scoring on a wild pitch and giving the Dukes a victory on Tuesday.

WHAT COACH IKE HAD TO SAY
“I was extremely pleased with how our guys responded to a tough weekend last week and being down after putting up four in the bottom of the second. Our pitchers, once again, did their jobs and were able to shut the door and allow our bats to take over. I thought we hit the ball well today and I am pleased with the result. Nick looked good out of the pen again today and I think there are a lot of positives we can take out of this and use heading into the weekend.”

UP NEXT
The Dukes will host High Point University this weekend for the first series in Harrisonburg against these two programs. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Friday.