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JMU roundup: Dukes fall to Blue Hens


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NEWARK, Del. -- The James Madison University women's basketball team came within a point of #18/19 Delaware, but the Dukes fell 61-60 in Colonial Athletic Association action in front of a record crowd Sunday at the Bob Carpenter Center.

The Dukes, who quieted the sellout crowd of 5,098 with every basket, now have an 18-9 overall record and are 13-3 in league play. The loss ended JMU's winning streak at three games, and it was the first road CAA loss for the Dukes this season (7-1).

Delaware, playing in front of a crowd that set a Carpenter Center women's basketball attendance record, improved its overall record to 24-3 and its league-leading CAA mark to 15-0. The Blue Hens have now won 36 straight games against CAA opponents, with Delaware's last loss to a league team coming to JMU in the 2011 CAA championship game.

Blue Hens senior forward/guard Elena Delle Donne led all players with 28 points, and the national player of the year candidate was the only Delaware player to score in double figures.

Four Dukes hit double figures, led by senior guard Tarik Hislop with 17 points. Junior guard Kirby Burkholder had her seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Sophomore forward Toia Giggetts finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds, and freshman guard Precious Hall also scored 10.

There were eight ties and nine lead changes in the first 27:30.

JMU led 41-39 after a Burkholder 3-pointer with 14:07 to play. However, Delaware scored the game's next seven points and took a lead it would not relinquish at 46-41 with 12:02 on the clock. The Blue Hens pushed ther advantage to seven, 60-53, on two Delle Donne free throws with a minute remaining.

The Dukes closed the gap to two, 60-58, after Burkholder knocked down both ends of a 1+1 free throw at 46.8 seconds and Hislop banked in a 3-pointer at 24.7 seconds.

Fouled with 15.2 seconds left, Delle Donne made the first of two free throws to give the Blue Hens the game's deciding point and a 61-58 lead. JMU got its final points on a layup by Hall with 0.4 seconds on the clock.

There were six lead changes and five ties in the opening half, and JMU held the largest lead of the period, 29-21, with 50.6 seconds remaining. Delle Donne scored four points in the final 39.2, two on free throws and two more on a layup with 9.3 seconds left, to pull the Blue Hens within four, 29-25, at halftime.

JMU's eight point first-half lead came after Delaware had taken its largest lead of the half, 19-15, at 7:50. The Dukes outscored the Blue Hens 14-2 over a span of just under five minutes. JMU tallied 10 straight points to complete the stretch. Burkholder scored five and Hislop and redshirt senior forward Kanita Shepherd had four apiece in the run.

The Dukes out-rebounded Delaware 55-35 and had a 30-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. JMU took 26 more shots (77-51) than the Blue Hens, but shot only 31 percent (24-77) from the floor while Delaware shot 37 percent (19-51).

Delaware entered the game averaging a 27-point advantage over CAA opponents in home games.

Baseball
HARRISONBURG, Va. - James Madison University struck for nine runs in the third inning and pounded out a season-high 16 hits while four pitchers tossed a three-hitter to win the second game of a baseball doubleheader against Binghamton, 14-1, after dropping the opener 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park.

Just like Saturday, the visitors claimed the seven-inning opening game before Madison rebounded to coast to a game two win to finish with a 2-2 split in the four-game set. JMU stands at 2-5 on the season while BU sits at 2-2 after its first weekend of action.

Game Two - James Madison 14, Binghamton 1

JMU grabbed an early big lead at 4-0 in the second game and broke the game open with nine runs in the third to coast to the 14-1 victory.

Sophomore outfielder Chad Carroll was 3-for-4 with four runs, four RBIs, a home run and a triple to help lead the offense. Senior right fielder Cole McInturff had two hits and five RBIs. Both players hit three-run home runs in the game.

Redshirt junior first baseman Matt Tenaglia was 3-for-4 with three runs and a pair of doubles. Sophomore infielder Tyler Duke was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a pair of walks. Junior third baseman Ty McFarland also had two hits with a walk and two runs scored.

Not to be overshadowed by the 16 hits from the offense, four JMU pitchers combined to toss a three-hitter. Redshirt sophomore Michael Howerton rebounded from a tough first outing to allow one run on three hits over six innings to improve to 1-0.

Mike Meleski took the loss after allowing nine runs, seven earned, on seven hits in two innings.

Game One - Binghamton 5, James Madison 1

In the opener, first baseman Jordan Smucker had the big blow with a three-run home run to right field in the fourth inning to break open a scoreless game. The Bearcats used three JMU errors in the seventh to add a pair of insurance runs.

The Dukes loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff triple by senior Colby Roberts and a pair of hit batters. However, the Bearcats induced a double play to limit JMU to one run to clinch the 5-1 win.

Jack Rogalla earned the win with five shutout innings while Greg Ostner tossed the final two frames for his first save.

In addition to Smucker's three-run blast, Bijan Mangouri was 3-for-3 for BU while Jake Thomas singled and walked twice.

JMU had six hits in the game with McFarland the only player with multiple hits. Freshman Michael Church took the loss in his first collegiate start after allowing three runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Madison continues its stretch of 18 out of 19 games at home on Tuesday with a 4 p.m. outing against Maryland.

Softball
CLEARWATER, Fla. - No. 12 Louisiana-Lafayette scored seven times over the final three innings on its way to knocking off the James Madison softball team in the final game of the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla., on Sunday. ULL defeated JMU 9-1 in six innings.

The Dukes finished the three-day tournament with a 3-2 record and dropped to 7-3 on the season while the Ragin' Cajuns improved to 12-2 on their way to being named the NFCA Leadoff Classic Champions. JMU freshman catcher Erica Field was named to the All-Tournament team after going 8-for-15 with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs.

Jordan Wallace picked up the win and improved to 8-1 overall. She limited Madison to one unearned run on four hits and a walk while striking out four.

Sophomore right-hander Heather Kiefer drew the start for JMU and dropped to 2-1 with the loss. She gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings of work, but just three of the runs were earned. Kiefer allowed seven hits and walked one, adding three strikeouts. Sophomore Reba DePriest gave up two runs on one hit and three walks in 1/3 inning of relief. Sophomore right-hander Miranda Kemp also pitched 1/3 inning of relief, allowing two hits and striking out one.

Left fielder Shellie Landry paced the Lafayette offense with a 3-for-3 day. She hit two home runs and drove in four RBIs. First baseman Matte Haack added two hits, including a double, a run and a RBI while third baseman Natalie Fernandez had a hit and two runs scored in three at-bats.

Field extended her hitting streak to 10 games, going 1-for-3 with a RBI. Senior center fielder Jasmine Butler added a hit, a walk, a stolen base and a run scored while freshman first baseman Jailyn Ford was 1-for-3 with a double.

ULL jumped ahead of JMU in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run home run by Landry. Hack scored on the four-bagger after leading off the inning with a double off the fence in center. Landry battled Kiefer to a full count before driving a pitch on the outside corner out over the fence in right-center field for her fourth homer of the season.

The second-inning blast was the first homer allowed by the Dukes this season.

The Ragin' Cajuns added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth by capitalizing on a couple of Dukes' miscues. Landry started the rally with a one-out single and moved to second on a walk. JMU lost track of the count on the walk and attempted to throw out Landry and the ball sailed into center moving the runner to third. In the ensuing at-bat, second baseman Samantha Walsh stole second, allowing Landry to race home on a double steal.

Madison came back to score an unearned run in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to 3-1. After two quick outs, sophomore left fielder Morgan Heath hit a grounder to the right side that Walsh scooped up and flipped to first, but Haack dropped the throw allowing Heath to reach safely. Butler followed by working a walk, setting up a two-on, two out situation for Field. Field hit a chopper to short and hustled down the line for the infield single and Heath never stopped running, scoring from second on the play.

ULL scored four times in the bottom half of the inning to push its lead up to six. Fernandez reached on an error to start the inning before scoring on a double by shortstop Nerissa Myers. A single by center fielder Brianna Cherry plated Myers and three batters later, Landry blasted her second two-run homer of the game to cap the frame.

The Ragin' Cajuns put the game away in the bottom of the sixth on RBI singles by catcher Sarah Draheim and Haack.

JMU returns to Florida next weekend to play in the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Orlando, Fla. The Dukes take on Pittsburg, the College of Charleston, Illinois State, No. 15 Michigan and Fairfield during the three-day event.

Lacrosse
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- James Madison redshirt junior Casey Ancarrow is among 50 players named to the watch list for the 2013 Tewaaraton Trophy, given to the nation's top college lacrosse player.

The Tewaaraton Trophy is presented annually following the collegiate season to the top female and male varsity collegiate lacrosse players in the United States. Tewaaraton is the name the Mohawk Indian nation gave to its game, the forerunner of present-day lacrosse.

This annual watch list is made up of the top players across all three NCAA divisions of collegiate competition.

Ancarrow, an attacker, is the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association preseason Player of the Year, a Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-America honoree and a former member of the U.S. National Team. She was the CAA Player of the Year in 2012.

In 2011 and 2012 Ancarrow was also named to the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List., In 2011 she was among 24 athletes from the Watch List to be nominated for the Tewarraton Trophy.



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