Willis Homers Twice, Dukes Swept at Elon

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ELON, N.C. (JMU Athletics) -- James Madison baseball was swept on Sunday by Elon to fall to 18-11 on the season and 2-4 in conference play. Joe Williams was pegged with the loss and JMU pitchers recorded 11 strikeouts to bring the season total to 285. After the Phoenix took an early 2-0 lead, David Willis knotted things up with a two-run shot over the wall in left.

Elon would regain the lead in the bottom half of the fourth and add three more in the bottom of the fifth. In the Top of the seventh Willis added his second home run of the game with a solo shot to left center. The Dukes will now host Richmond on Tuesday, before heading back into conference play against College of Charleston.

GAME FACTS
- David Willis had his first multi-homerun game of his career crushing a solo and two-run home run to left field.
- Joe Williams fell to 1-2 on the season after allowing four runs, on six hits and striking out four.
- Dan Goggin struck out four batters in his two innings of work this afternoon.
- With the Dukes being swept on Sunday, it marks the first time since 2018 against UNCW that the Dukes were swept in CAA play.
- JMU pitchers add 11 total strikeouts on the afternoon, bringing the season total to 285.

SCORING SUMMARY
Bottom 1st | JMU 0 – ELON 1 |Elon started the game with a single to right field to open the scoring.
Bottom 3rd | JMU 0 – ELON 2 | The Phoenix increased their lead to 2-0 with a home run to left field.
Top 4th | JMU 2 – ELON 2 | David Willis crushed a two-run home run over the wall in left to tie the ballgame in the fourth.
Bottom 4th | JMU 2 – ELON 4 | Elon added two more in the bottom of the fourth with a home run to left field and a single to right center.
Bottom 5th | JMU 2 – ELON 7 | Elon added three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-2 lead.
Top 7th | JMU 3 – ELON 7 | David Willis homers to left center field for his second of the day, this time in the form of a solo shot.
Bottom 7th | JMU 3 – ELON 8 | Elon added to their lead in the bottom half with a solo shot to left field.

WHAT COACH IKE HAD TO SAY
"Nobody ever wants to be swept, let alone in conference play. We had a couple of unlucky plays happen to us this weekend and mixed with their good arms, it made it tough for us to finish the job. I give props to David, he really saw the ball well and was able to give us a spark we needed there early. We will get ready for the weekend with a very good Richmond opponent Tuesday."

UP NEXT
The Dukes will return home to host Richmond for the midweek, before stepping back into conference play against College of Charleston.