JMU baseball drops CAA opener to Delaware

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison baseball dropped the conference opener Friday night against Delaware 5-3 inside Veterans Memorial Park.

The Dukes cut the lead to one in the bottom of the eighth with a single by DaVonn Griffin. Trevon Dabney led off the bottom of the first with a homer to left field. Kevin Kelly fell to 4-2 on the season after going 6.1 innings and striking out five.

DaVonn Griffin finished the game 2-for-3 with two RBIs and came up in the clutch late with a single to shortstop. David Willis had a career day at the plate, going 3-for-4 and scored one run for the Dukes. JMU will send Nick Stewart to the mound in game two to take on Chris Ludman of Delaware. Stewart posts a 2-2 record and holds a 2.25 era heading into Saturday.

- Trevon Dabney hit the first leadoff home run of the season for the Dukes, driving the third pitch of the at bat to left field.

- The Dukes are now 11-1 when scoring first this season.

- David Willis had a career day scoring a run for the Dukes in his 3-for-4 night at the plate.

- DaVonn Griffin was one of two Dukes with a multi-hit night against Delaware.

- Kevin Kelly was tabbed with just his second victory of the season on Friday afternoon, falling to 4-2 on the season.

Bottom 1st | JMU 1 – DELAWARE 0 | Trevon Dabney homered to left field to leadoff the bottom of the first.

Top 2nd | JMU 1 – DELAWARE 1 | Delaware scored on an error in right field to level the score at one.

Top 3rd | JMU 1 – DELAWARE 3 | The Blue Hens added two more in the top of the third to extend their lead to 3-1.

Top 7th | JMU 1 – DELAWARE 4 | Delaware scored on a wild pitch to push the lead to 4-1.

Bottom 8th | JMU 3 – DELAWARE 4 | DaVonn Griffin singled and advanced on a throwing error to score Brady Harju and David Willis.

Top 9th | JMU 3 – DELAWARE 5 | Delaware added their fifth and final run in the top of the ninth to increase the lead to 5-3 and pick up their first conference win of the season.

“This one was tough for us. We continued to get guys on base all night, but we could not puch them across until late in the ballgame. Tre once again produced from the leadoff position and I was proud of how David stepped up tonight and really saw the ball well. DaVonn was able to have a multi-hit game which I think was big for him. We will be back and ready to get after it tomorrow.”

JMU baseball will be back in action Saturday against Delaware for game two. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.