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HARRISONBURG -- LaMonte Wade's bases-loaded triple was the big blow in Maryland's seven-run fifth inning that broke a tie and gave the visitors a 10-5 victory over James Madison in a non-conference baseball game on Wednesday afternoon at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park.
JMU fell to 2-6 overall while Maryland won its fifth game in a row to improve to 5-3.
The teams were tied at 3-3 after exchanging one run apiece in the fourth before Maryland broke things open in the fifth, taking the lead on an RBI single up the middle by third baseman K.J. Hockaday. An error loaded the bases and Wade's triple cleared them to run the UM lead to 7-3, still with no outs. After a second pitching change in the inning, designated hitter Matt Bosse doubled inside the third-base bag to plate Wade for an 8-3 score. A walk and a sacrifice bunt set up two runners in scoring position for left fielder Michael Montville's double to left to make it 10-3.
The score held until the ninth when JMU made things interesting, scoring on an RBI triple by junior pinch hitter Tyler Gregory and a fielding error. The Dukes proceeded to load the bases with a pair of walks, forcing Maryland to turn to closer Jake Stinnett. JMU's No. 3 hitter, junior third baseman Ty McFarland, squared up sharply on Stinnett's third offering, but the tall right-hander made the stop on the grounder and retired McFarland to earn his first save of the season.
Right-handed reliever Bobby Ruse improved to 2-0 after working two perfect innings of relief, shutting down Madison's bats after starter Jake Drossner allowed three runs on four hits in four innings. Sophomore Ben Garner took the loss after allowing five runs on six hits in four innings.
Shortstop Blake Schmit was 2-for-3 with a solo home run three runs and a walk for the Terps. Right fielder Jordan Hagel was 2-for-3 with a walk, run, RBI and two steals.
Sophomore left fielder Chad Carroll maintained his hot bat by going 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI. Senior second baseman Casey Goss had a two-run single for the Dukes.
Maryland grabbed the early lead as leadoff batter Charlie White singled, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a double to left by Hagel to make it 1-0. The Terps added a run in the second with a leadoff solo shot off the left field foul pole by Schmit.
In the JMU second, redshirt junior first baseman Matt Tenaglia drew a leadoff walk. He moved to third on a well-executed hit-and-run single by Carroll, who stole second to put two in scoring position with one out. Following a strikeout, Goss came through with the two-run single up the middle to tie the score at 2-2.
Maryland reclaimed the lead in the fourth as Schmit singled on a line drive to center. He came all the way around to score on catcher Jack Cleary's double just over the outstretched glove of senior Cole McInturff in right center, making it 3-2 Terps.
Madison answered quickly as Tenaglia led off the fourth with a double to the gap in left center. He moved to third on a wild pitch and tied the game on Carroll's RBI groundout.
JMU will be home over the weekend to host a four-game set against Hartford. Friday's first pitch occurs at 4 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and a 1 p.m. finale on Sunday.
JMU 9, Virginia Tech 8
James Madison (2-0) held off Virginia Tech (2-3) Thursday evening at the Hokies' Thompson Field, as the Dukes lacrosse team edged the home-standing Hokies 9-8.
Redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow led the Dukes with four goals on five shots, and sophomore Steph Finley tallied three scores, including the game-winning goal with 1:33 left in the game.
Sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy stopped nine shots, including a save on an attempt by Kristin Semones with nine seconds to go, to preserve the win.
The Dukes never trailed in the match and scored on their first three shots to take a 3-0 lead just 3:48 into the game. Ancarrow got JMU on the scoreboard just seven seconds in off a pass from redshirt senior Rebecca McLouth.
Goal number two came on a free-position attempt from sophomore Ali Curwin with only 1:23 elapsed, and Ancarrow netted the third score at the 3:48 mark.
Tech tallied three of the game's next four goals to close the gap to 4-3 with 18:20 to play, but Ancarrow put back-to-back balls into the net just 52 seconds apart to push the Dukes' lead back to three, 6-3, with 15:00 remaining.
However, the Hokies scored three times in the final 9:52 and tied the game at 6-6 on Meg Bartley's unassisted goal with 2:03 on the clock.
In the second half the Dukes reclaimed the lead on a score by Finley on a free-position shot 2:04. Then, with JMU having a player advantage due to a Tech yellow card, freshman Emily Pillion scored an unassisted goal at 22:55 to put her team ahead 8-6.
Tech, which outshot JMU 22-17 for the game, got goals from Megan Will at 17:19 and Brooke Martin at 12:13 to again bring the Hokies even with the Dukes at 8-8.
The Hokies had the next two chances to go ahead, but a shot by Julia Heaps sailed wide of the goal at 5:12, and Healy stopped a Jessi Thom shot at 3:48. Following a Tech turnover, JMU gained possession with 2:36 to play, and Finley secured the go-ahead goal for the win.
JMU is back home for a 1 p.m. contest vs. Fairfield on Saturday at University Park.
Swimming and Diving
FAIRFAX -- Senior diver Kimberly Helfrich defended her title as the three-meter diving champion and the James Madison swimming and diving team opened up a lead on day one of the Colonial Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday.
Defending champion JMU won two of the three events competed Wednesday to hold a 17-point lead over Towson. The Dukes scored 127 points while Towson tallied 110. UNCW and Delaware are tied for third with 67 points, followed by William & Mary (66 points) in fifth, Northeastern (65) in sixth, George Mason (57) in seventh and Drexel (50) in eighth.
Helfrich's title was the third consecutive season a JMU diver has won the 3-meter board. She scored a 327, 50.80 points ahead of her nearest competition. She was the event's top qualifier after preliminaries with a score of 274.60.
Sophomore Alex Savage placed third on the three-meter board, scoring a 257.05 for 16 team points. Freshman Carly Alexander was right behind Savage in fourth with a score of 256.20. Fellow freshman Lauren Hadley added two points to the team score with a 15th-place finish (198.40) in the 'B' Final.
The Dukes finished in the top two of the day's other two events, including winning the 200-yard medley relay. In that event, the Madison quartet of seniors Caroline Burns and Andrea Criscuolo as well as sophomores Sin Hye Won and Susanne Gingher set a new JMU and CAA Championships record. They timed a 1:40.41, to break a CAA record that had stood since 2009.
JMU completed the day with a second-place showing in the 800-yard freestyle, timing a 7:16.31 to establish a new school record. The team of senior Anna Susko, juniors Kelsey Holmgaard and Morgan Johnson and sophomore Aimee Hooper shattered the previous JMU mark by nearly three seconds, finished just behind Towson in the event.
Day two of the CAA Championships gets underway from the Jim McKay Natatorium Thursday morning with preliminaries in 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley and the 50-yard freestyle. Thursday's evening session includes finals in those same three events as well as 200-yard freestyle relay.