Kelly delivers gem as Dukes extend winning streak to four games

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison baseball improved to 22-17 on the season with a 5-1 victory over the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (8-20). The Dukes are riding a four-game winning streak and Kevin Kelly improved to 5-5 on the season with the victory tonight. Kelly finished with 6.0 innings pitched, allowing no runs, on three hits and struck out seven batters.

JMU jumped out to a lead in the third when Kyle Novak singled through the right side. The RBI score opened up what was a four-run inning for the Dukes. Brady Harju added to the scoring in the third, reaching on a fielder’s choice to score a run. Harry Brown collected his third home run of the season with the shot to left center to extend the Dukes lead to 4-0.

In the fifth JMU extended the lead thanks to Brady Harju’s second home run in as many games. Harju’s shot to left field gave the Dukes a 5-0 lead heading to the sixth inning. St. Bonaventure would scratch across their first run of the ballgame on a sacrifice fly to left field. Shelton Perkins would come on in the seventh to record the final seven outs and secure the Dukes fourth straight victory.

- Harry Brown crushed his third home run of the season, as the Dukes improved to 5-2 when hitting two or more home runs.

- Brady Harju’s solo shot to left field was his sixth of the season, tying him with Trevon Dabney for the team lead. Harju also became the second JMU player this season to hit home runs in back-to-back games.

- Kevin Kelly was unstoppable on the mound tonight pitching 6.0 innings, allowing no runs, three hits and striking out seven.

- Fox Semones increased his hitting streak to 10 games tonight and increased his reached base safely streak to 11.

Bottom 3rd | JMU 4 – SBU 0 | Kyle Novak singled through the right side to open up the scoring of the Dukes. Brady Harju reached on a fielder’s choice and was able to allow Fox Semones to score. Harry Brown crushed his third home run of the season to left center to increase the Dukes lead to 4-0.

Bottom 5th | JMU 5 – SBU 0 | Brady Harju launches his sixth home run of the season to left field to extend the Dukes lead to 5-0.

Top 7th | JMU 5 – SBU 1 | The Bonnies scratched their first run across the plate in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Koziol.

“We have been doing an excellent job with our two-strike approach here in the last week or so and it really shows with us coming in with clutch hits at the right times. Brady and Harry both put great swings on the ball and have been unstoppable at the plate. It was good to see Kevin get back into a rhythm here tonight. He has had some shaky starts but he really came out and proved how good he really is.”

The Dukes are scheduled to play the second of two against St. Bonaventure Friday at 6 p.m.