JMU baseball's winning streak snapped in 2-1 loss at UVA

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- James Madison Baseball (23-18) fell to the Virginia Cavaliers (25-18) 2-1 in Disharoon Park. Michael Bechtold fell to 2-1 on the season and the Dukes five-game winning streak came to an end.

The Dukes opened up the scoring in the second, when DaVonn Griffin laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Matt Dipasupil. Bechtold would continue to cruise through the fifth, before the Cavaliers tied the game. Brendan Rivoli opened up the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right field. UVA would take the lead later in the inning on a bases loaded walk. The Cavaliers would use three other pitchers to hold the lead and secure the one-run victory.

JMU will be back in action this weekend, stepping back into conference play for a series against Hofstra. The Dukes will look to climb back up the rankings, after defeating William & Mary two weekends ago.

GAME FACTS
- Matt Dipasupil scored the only run for the Dukes Wednesday on a suicide squeeze by DaVonn Griffin.

- Michael Bechtold fell to 2-1 on the season, striking out three batters and not allowing an earned run.

- Devin Ortiz improved to 3-0 on the season with the win over the Dukes.

SCORING SUMMARY
Top 2nd | JMU 1 – UVA 0 | DaVonn Griffin drops a sacrifice bunt and to score Matt Dipasupil to open up the scoring.

Bottom 5th | JMU 1 – UVA 2 | Brendan Rivoli flies out to right to score the first UVA run of the ballgame. The Cavaliers took the lead on a bases loaded walk.

WHAT COACH IKE HAD TO SAY
“I thought we played well all game, but it is tough to score runs on three hits. We got out to a fast start and Bechtold was able to work a couple of clean innings. UVA’s bullpen was able to come in and throw zeros and our one mistake hurt us. We will iron out the mistakes and get ready for Hofstra this weekend.”

UP NEXT
The Dukes will return home to host a CAA series against the Hofstra Pride. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday from Veterans Memorial Park.