JMU baseball falls to Richmond, 3-1

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison baseball fell to 18-12 on the season on Tuesday night, as the Richmond Spiders took the midweek tilt 3-1 at Veterans Memorial Park. The Dukes scored one run in the seventh to cut the Spiders lead to 3-1, but were unable to finish the comeback. The Dukes left 13 runners on the ballgame and were held scoreless through six innings.

Richmond was able to drive the winning runs across the plate in the fourth, scoring three and hanging on until the end. A couple of errors in the fourth helped the Spiders take the lead, posting three runs on one hit heading to the fifth. JMU will return home for the third CAA series of the season and second at VMP. The Dukes will host College of Charleston beginning Friday at 6 p.m.

- Kyle Novak scored the only run for the Dukes on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning.

- Brady Harju had another multi-hit night going 2-for-4 with a walk on Tuesday.

- Nick Zona was 2-for-2 before being pinch hit for in the eighth by Travis Reifsnider.

- The four-game skid is the longest this season for the Dukes.

Top 4th | JMU 0 – RICHMOND 3 | Richmond scores three in the top of the fourth to score the first runs of the ballgame.

Bottom 7th | JMU 1 – RICHMOND 3 | Kyle Novak scored on a wild pitch, after Carson Bell was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

“It is tough to win baseball games when you leave that many guys on base. We will need to be better at that heading into another conference weekend. We know Charleston is going to give us their best and we have to be ready for it come Friday night.”

The Dukes will step back into conference play, welcoming the College of Charleston for the weekend series. First pitch for Friday is set for 6 p.m.