Stewart's career day leads Dukes to fifth straight win

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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison baseball (23-17) extended their winning streak to five games with a 7-4 victory, in eight innings, over the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (8-21). Nick Stewart improved to 4-3 on the season and struck out a career-high 11 batters, while Matt Marsili picked up his first save of the season.

The Dukes jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first, when David Willis opened the scoring with a walk. Kyle Hayes would single to shortstop to score the second run of the inning, as Callaway Sigler drew a walk to score Kyle Novak. DaVonn Griffin would end the inning with a double down the line in left to score Hayes.

JMU increased their lead in the second when David Willis singled to left field and scored Kyle Novak. The Dukes would add a seventh run in the third thanks to Trevon Dabney. The rain would begin to fall in the sixth inning and with one out in the eighth St. Bonaventure loaded the bases for Alex Schutz. The pinch hitter launched a grand slam to left field to cut the Dukes lead to 7-4, before the game was called due to inclement weather. The Dukes had one on and one out in the bottom half before the game was deemed final.

GAME FACTS
- For the second time this week the Dukes scored five in the first inning of the game. Tuesday the Dukes scored five against Maryland.

- Nick Stewart improved to 4-3 on the season with a career day on the mound. The sophomore right hander went 6.0 innings, allowing no runs, on one hit and struck out a career-high 11 batters in the win.

- Kyle Hayes finished the afternoon 3-for-3 with a run batted in and scoring a run in Friday’s victory over St. Bonaventure.

- David Willis and DaVonn Griffin both led the team this afternoon with 2 RBIs.

SCORING SUMMARY
Bottom 1st | JMU 5 – SBU 0 | The Dukes opened the scoring in the first with a David Willis walk to score Trevon Dabney. Kyle Hayes would single to the shortstop to score Fox Semones, before Callaway Sigler drew a walk to score Kyle Novak. DaVonn Griffin would double down the line in left, scoring Hayes and Willis to give the Dukes a 5-0 lead.

Bottom 2nd | JMU 6 – SBU 0 | David Willis would single to left field to score Kyle Novak to extend the lead for the Dukes.

Bottom 3rd | JMU 7 – SBU 0 | Trevon Dabney singled to left field to score Callaway Sigler from third.

Top 8th | JMU 7 – SBU 4 | As the rain began to fall heavily on VMP the Bonnies cut the Dukes lead to 7-4 with a grand slam from Alex Schutz.

WHAT COACH IKE HAD TO SAY
“Today was a strange day. We woke up this morning and saw a window to play and we were able to get seven full innings in. I was impressed with how Nick Stewart pitched this afternoon. He came out with a purpose and really had a nice tempo going. I was proud of the guys for starting fast and never letting off the pedal especially with the inclement weather that came in the seventh. We will enjoy the weekend off and get back to business Wednesday against UVA.”

UP NEXT
The Dukes will have the rest of the weekend off before head to Charlottesville Wednesday to take on UVA. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.