JMU baseball drops series opener at Northeastern

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BROOKLINE, Mass. -- James Madison baseball (29-20, 9-10 CAA) fell to Northeastern (23-25, 9-10 CAA) on Friday afternoon 6-1. Kevin Kelly fell to 6-6 on the season after pitching 4.2 innings allowing two runs, on four hits and struck out four. Northeastern led the ballgame 2-1 up until the eighth inning when they tallied four runs to extend their lead.

The Huskies struck first when Jake Farrell homered to left field in the bottom of the second inning. Later in the second, Michael Geaslen doubled down the line in right to extend the lead to 2-0. JMU would answer in the third, when back-to-back infield singles by Kyle Novak and Brady Harju allowed Fox Semones to score from third.

The 2-1 lead held until the bottom of the eighth, when Northeastern was able to tack on four runs to extend their lead and put the ballgame out of reach. The Huskies drew a bases loaded walk, scored on two wild pitches and Corey DiLoreto grounded out to score their final run.

GAME FACTS
- Trevon Dabney was hit by his 21stpitch this season and is approaching the school record of 26 on the year.
- The Dukes added seven more strikeouts and have totaled 482 on the season. The Dukes now sit just 13 away from the single season record.
- Kevin Kelly fell to 6-6 on the season, allowing two runs, off four hits and struck out four.
- The Dukes fall to 9-10 in CAA and are now tied with Northeastern in the league standings.

SCORING SUMMARY
Bottom 2nd | JMU 0 – NU 2 | Jake Farrell homered to left field in the bottom of the second to open up the scoring. Later in the inning Michael Geaslen doubled down the line in right to extend the Huskies lead.
Top 3rd | JMU 1 – NU 2 | Brady Harju singled to short third base to score Fox Semones, beating out the infield single to cut the Northeastern lead to one.
Bottom 8th | JMU 1 – NU 6 | Northeastern tacks on another run on a bases loaded walk. A wild pitch scored a fourth for Northeastern, before Corey DiLoreto grounded out to short to add a sixth for the Huskies.

UP NEXT
The Dukes will take on the Huskies in game two of the three game set, slatted for 1 p.m. from Boston.