Showalter shines in Dukes' loss to Maryland

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison baseball (30-22) fell to Maryland (25-27) on Tuesday 6-5 to split the season series against the Terps. The Dukes held the lead for the first six innings, before Maryland exploded for three runs in the top of the seventh and added another run in the ninth. Justin Showalter was pegged with a no decision, after pitching five innings, scattering four hits and struck out five.

James Madison started off like they did a month ago, scoring in the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead. In the top of the sixth, Maryland responded when Michael Pineiro doubled to right field to clear the bases and tie the ballgame. The Dukes responded in the sixth, as Brady Harju singled off the back of the pitcher to core Fox Semones from second. Matt Dipasupil would add the second run of the inning with a single through the left side to give the Dukes a 4-2 lead.

In the top of the seventh, Maryland cut the Dukes lead to 4-3 with a single through the left side by AJ Lee. Moments later Randy Bednar homered to left center field to take a 5-4 lead on JMU heading to the bottom half. The Dukes failed to score in the seventh and eighth innings, before AJ Lee added to the Terps lead in the top half with a solo home run. JMU started a two-out rally in the ninth, scoring off a Trevon Dabney single to left field. With two on in the ninth, Fox Semones laces one back up the middle, but the Maryland defense was able to field the ground ball and throw Semones out to end the game.

GAME FACTS
- James Madison pitchers recorded 13 strikeouts on the night, bringing the season total to 510.

- Brady Harju extended his hitting streak to nine games this evening with an RBI single up the middle in the sixth.

- Grayson Jones was pegged with the loss on Tuesday, falling to 2-1 on the season.

- Justin Showalter finished the game going 5.0 innings pitched, allowing no runs, on four hits and striking out five.

SCORING SUMMARY
Bottom 1st | JMU 1 – MARYLAND 0 | After Trevon Dabney doubled to right center and advanced to third on a passed ball, Fox Semones grounded out to second base to score Dabney from third.

Bottom 2nd | JMU 2 – MARYLAND 0 | Matt Dipasupil singles to left field, before stealing second and advancing to third on a passed ball. Travis Reifsnider singled to first base to score Dipasupil and extend the Dukes lead to 2-0.

Top 6th | JMU 2 – MARYLAND 2 | Michael Pineiro doubles to right field to clear the bases and tie the ballgame in the sixth.

Bottom 6th | JMU 4 – MARYLAND 2 | Brady Harju singled off the pitchers back in the sixth to score Fox Semones from second. Matt Dipasupil added the second run of the inning with a single through the left side to give the Dukes a 4-2 lead.

Top 7th | JMU 4 – MARYLAND 5 | Maryland cuts the Dukes lead to 4-3 with a single through the left side by AJ Lee. Randy Bednar’s two-run homer in the seventh gave Maryland their first lead of the evening.

Top 9th | JMU 4 – MARYLAND 6 | AJ Lee homered to left center to increase their lead to 6-4 in the ninth.

Bottom 9th | JMU 5 – MARYLAND 6 | Trevon Dabney singled in the top of the ninth to score Callaway Sigler and cut the lead to 6-5.

WHAT COACH IKE HAD TO SAY
“I was really happy how Justin Showalter pitched today for us. He was dominant and it was tough to take him out after the performance he had. I think our offense started off hot, but Maryland continued to throw different arms at us in the middle innings which is tough to deal with. They ended up working a couple walks and their best hitter was able to work a favorable count and had a green light to swing. Good hitters capitalize on that and he was able to change the game.”

UP NEXT
The Dukes will travel to UNCW for the final three game set of CAA play. First pitch is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. from Wilmington.