JMU baseball improves to 4-0 with win over Longwood

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison baseball remained unblemished on Tuesday night, defeating the Lancers of Longwood 3-1 at Veterans Memorial Park. Shelton Perkins picked up his first victory of the season and Nick Robertson shut the door in the ninth earning his first save of the young season.

The Lancers took the first lead of the ballgame in the top of the fourth inning, when Cullan Wadsworth doubled into the gap in right center and drove home an RBI. The 1-0 deficit was the first time the Dukes had trailed all season long. JMU responded in the bottom of the fifth, when Dom Cepullio and Fox Semones reached base to start the inning. Michael Morgan tripled down the right field line and both Cepullio and Semones would come around to score. Brady Harju pushed a sacrifice fly out to right field and the Dukes would hold a 3-1 lead late in the ballgame.

GAME FACTS
- The 4-0 start for the Dukes is the best start to a season since the 2011 campaign when the Dukes began the season 4-0 against Bucknell.
- Shelton Perkins earned his first victory for the Dukes coming out of the pen and keeping the Lancers at bay.
- Nick Robertson earned his first save of the season retiring three of the four batters he faced to help the Dukes improve to 4-0.
- Trevon Dabney, current CAA player of the week, extended his hitting streak to four games with a single to left field.

SCORING SUMMARY
Top 4th| JMU 0 – LWU 1 | Cullan Wadsworth drove in the only run for the Lancers on the night in the top of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead early.
Bottom 5th| JMU 3 – LWU 1 | Michael Morgan tripled down the right field line and scored Fox Semones and Dom Cepullio. Brady Harju would fly out moments later and Morgan would tag and score.

WHAT COACH IKE HAD TO SAY
"I am pleased with the way that our guys responded to being down in this ballgame. It was the first time that we had trailed this season and I think the guys handled that very well. After Fox and Dom got on in the fifth, Michael was able to have a clutch at bat and score the two guys to give us the lead. Brady followed him with a fly ball to right and gave our pitching staff a cushion heading into the sixth. I think our pitching staff did a phenomenal job of handling each situation they were in and we were able to come out on top tonight."

UP NEXT
The Dukes will host the Lafayette Leopards for the final weekend series of February.