JMU baseball improves to 5-0 with series-opening win over Lafayette

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HARRSIONBURG, Va. -- The James Madison baseball team increased the longest active Division I win streak dating back to last season to 10 against the Lafayette Leopards with a 5-3 decision at Veterans Memorial Park.

Kevin Kelly earned his second victory of the season. Kelly finished the night with seven strikeouts and allowed only four hits before giving way to Shelton Perkins and Matt Marsili. The JMU bullpen was able to prevent a hit for the final three innings and Nick Robertson picked up his second save of the season striking out three of the four batters he faced in the ninth.

James Madison will be in action again on Sunday when they host Lafayette for the remaining two games of the series. First pitch is set for noon on Sunday and the second game will be played 30 minutes prior to the end of the first.

- The Dukes increase the longest active winning streak in Division I to 10 with the victory over Lafayette.
- Kevin Kelly finished the evening with 6.0 innings pitched, four hits, and seven strikeouts. Kelly improved to 2-0 on the season with the 5-3 decision.
- Nick Robertson collected his second save of the season, striking out three of the four batters he faced in the final frame.
- JMU added 14 strikeouts in the first game of the series and have increased their season total to 65.
- The Dukes continue to be perfect in February winning five straight to open the season. The start is the best five games to start a season since the 1994 year when the Dukes went 5-0 to open up the year.

Bottom 3rd| JMU 3 – LAF 0 | JMU tacked on three runs in the bottom half of the third, with Zona singling and advancing to second on an error. He would later score on a passed ball and Michael Morgan would ground out to short to score Fox Semones.

Top 5th| JMU 3 – LAF 2 | Lafayette added two runs in the top half of the fifth inning to cut the Dukes lead to 3-2.

Bottom 7th| JMU 5 – LAF 2 | DaVonn Griffin singles up the middle scoring Trevon Dabney. Moments later Nick Zona grounded into a double play and Dallas Jackson was able to come home and increase the lead to 5-2.

Top 9th| JMU 5 – LAF 3 | Lafayette threatened late in the ballgame when an error by Brady Harju allowed Landry to score from third.

“I thought Kevin pitched really well today. He picked up right where he left off last Friday and our offense was able to produce runs to get him the win. Tre was able to continue his hit streak today and score a run for us as well. I thought our bullpen was solid only allowing no hits in the final three innings. We will look to continue this momentum Sunday and stay loose tomorrow with the rain coming through the area.”

The Dukes will continue their weekend series against Lafayette Sunday due to weather in the area. Game two of the series will begin at noon.