JMU baseball drops series finale against NC State sunday afternoon

The James Madison baseball team lost to No. 16 NC State, 4-0, in the Dukes' season opener Friday afternoon.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (JMU Athletics) -- The JMU baseball team (0-3) concluded their season opening series with No. 16 NC State on Sunday afternoon, dropping the finale, 11-2, at Doak Field.
At the plate, freshmen Chase DeLauter and Mason Dunaway concluded their first collegiate series on a good note, as they went 1-for-3 with a RBI and 1-for-2 with a double, respectively. Senior DaVonn Griffin provided the first RBI of the game and went 1-for-3, while sophomore Nick Zona was the lone Duke with multiple hits going 2-for-3.
The Dukes were trailing 2-0 in the second inning when they first put runs on the board. Senior Fox Semones was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout, and then scored when Griffin hit a single into left field to make the score 2-1.
The Wolfpack scored nine unanswered runs though over the next seven innings before the Dukes were able to put another run on the board. Junior Dallas Jackson scored on a DeLauter groundout in the ninth, but that was all that JMU would be able to do in the ninth, dropping the contest 11-2.
» The Dukes drew six walks from NC State pitching.
» DeLauter and Griffin ended their weekends well, going 5-for-11 (.455) and 3-for-7 (.429), respectively. DeLauter added four RBI.
» DeLauter and Dunaway both drew two walks.
The Dukes return to action on Tuesday, February 18 when they travel to Richmond. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.