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RICHMOND -- Redshirt senior point guard Devon Moore sank two free throws with 3.7 seconds remaining to propel James Madison to a 58-57 win over Delaware on Sunday afternoon at the Richmond Coliseum to earn the program's first Colonial Athletic Association title game appearance since 1997.
JMU improved to 19-14 while UD fell to 19-14. The third-seeded Dukes will match up with top-seeded Northeastern at 7 p.m. with national TV coverage on NBC Sports Network and will seek the programs first league championship since 1994.
Delaware led 57-51 with 2:54 remaining before JMU scored the game's final seven points to pull out the victory. Freshman guard Andre Nation ignited the run with a three-pointer to cut the deficit in half at 57-54 with 2:38 to go.
Nation then stepped up on the other end and blocked Devon Saddler's shot as the shot clock expired with two minutes to go. He then missed a three attempt to tie but Moore grabbed the rebound and redshirt senior guard A.J. Davis converted a pair of free throws to cut it to a 57-56 Delaware lead.
JMU came up with another stop on the next possession with 39.5 seconds remaining. Nation again tried to make a play but had his attempt in the paint swatted away with 15 seconds remaining. The Blue Hens collected the rebound but point guard Jarvis Threatt was whistled for dribbling out of bounds against JMU's full-court defense with 11 seconds remaining.
Moore penetrated on the last possession and drew a foul by UD forward Jamelle Hagins with 3.7 seconds left. He calmly swished both attempts to give JMU the lead by one. A leaning long attempt by Saddler at the buzzer was off the mark.
Moore finished with 14 points, six assists and seven rebounds to spearhead JMU's efforts. Davis led all players with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting along with four steals. Nation tallied 12 points, four boards and posted JMU's first five-block outing in over two years. He set a JMU freshman class record with 39 blocks for the season.
Hagins posted a double-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and four blocks for the Blue Hens. Kyle Anderson added 11 points, all in the first half.
Delaware held a decisive 45-27 advantage on the glass for a 23-8 lead in second-chance points. However, JMU forced 16 turnovers with 11 steals and limited Delaware to 36 percent shooting overall and 18 percent from the arc.
After neither team gained much of an advantage through the first 20 minutes, JMU finally used a 9-0 run sandwiching the two halves with six straight points to begin the second half for a 35-25 lead. However, Delaware then used its own 10-0 run to exchange a 46-41 deficit with 9:15 to go for a 51-46 lead with 6:42 remaining.
Madison fought back to tie at 51-51, but Delaware got a loose-ball layup at the four-minute mark by Carl Baptiste to grab the lead. Saddler converted a fastbreak layup and Baptiste added another basket to make it 57-51 and set the stage for JMU's final charge.
It was a tightly contested first half as neither team gained an advantage of more than five points or was able to mount any sizable run. JMU's defense limited Delaware to 27 percent shooting in the first half, but the Blue Hens were able to cash in at the free throw line, going 9-for-11.
Davis led JMU with nine points in the first half while Moore added eight along with four rebounds and three assists. Delaware's Anderson led all players with 11 in the first half while Hagins added six points, six boards and three assists.
HARRISONBURG -- Powered by a grand slam from sophomore shortstop Tyler Duke and solid hitting from the entire lineup, the James Madison baseball team defeated Hofstra 10-6 to complete the three-game sweep and open conference play undefeated. The Dukes moved to 9-6 on the season while the Pride fell to 3-11.
Sophomore left fielder Chad Carroll started the scoring in the second inning for JMU as he plated junior designated hitter Conner Brown and junior third baseman Ty McFarland off of a single through the left side.
After senior second baseman Casey Goss was called for the infield fly to post the second out of the second inning, Duke blasted his third home run of the year over the left field wall to give the Dukes a 9-0 lead over the Pride.
Duke finished the day with five RBIs off of two hits in four at-bats. His only run for the day came from his grand slam. Brown had a team-leading three hits over five at-bats Sunday afternoon with one run scored. Both Carroll and McFarland each finished the game with two hits and two runs scored, and Carroll batted in two runs while McFarland batted in one.
The Pride had a chance to tie the game in the top of the ninth, as the game-tying run came to the plate with bases loaded. Junior right-hander Trent Cundiff had induced the first two batters into ground outs, but Hofstra refused to back down and hit two quick doubles to put the score at 10-6. After a fielding error and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases, Cundiff settled in and got Matt Reistetter to ground out to Goss at second base.
Redshirt sophomore right-hander Michael Howerton notched the win Sunday, giving up four runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings pitched. He struck out three Hofstra batters and walked just one.
Right-hander Jared Rogers is credited with the loss after giving up seven earned runs over 1.1 innings pitched. Hofstra sent six different pitchers to the mound with right-hander Brett Schreiber seeing the most time. Schreiber went two innings of relief and gave up just one hit for no runs.
Senior centerfielder Johnny Bladel led off the game with a double on the right field line, and McFarland batted him in with a double to right field. Later in the first inning, McFarland scored off a single through the left side by Goss. Carroll scored the third run for JMU off of Duke's first hit of the day, a single up the middle.
Hofstra slowly chipped away at the lead, scoring an unearned run in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
The Pride's biggest inning came in the top of the seventh as Hofstra had three runners cross home plate, starting with Taylor Stuart off of a Chris Nardo-single. Nardo and Kenny Jackson would later score following a single up the middle by Jared Hammer to make the score 9-5.
JMU answered in the bottom of the seventh with Bladel scoring after a bases-loaded walk by redshirt junior first baseman Matt Tenaglia.
The Dukes return to Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday for a mid-week clash with the Keydets of VMI. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Freshman pitcher Jailyn Ford struck out a JMU record 16 batters while tossing her fourth shutout of the season as the James Madison softball team closed out the Chanticleer Challenge with a 2-0 win over Coastal Carolina on Sunday.
JMU ran its winning streak to five games and improved to 14-6 on the season. The loss snapped Coastal's four-game winning streak and dropped it to 12-11 on the year.
Ford limited the Chanticleers to three base runners, allowing two hits and a walk in seven innings of work. The left-hander earned the win, improving to 6-1 on the campaign. She broke Meredith Felts' (2006-09) school record of 15 strikeouts, set on March 25, 2009 against George Washington.
Kiana Quolas suffered the loss for the Chanticleers, dropping to 7-5. She allowed two runs on two hits and two walks. The sophomore struck out four in 4 1/3 innings of work. Morgan Mastriania gave up just one hit in 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief.
Senior designated player Megan Shinaberry provided the Dukes with all the offense they needed, going 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs. Junior shortstop Caitlin Sandy reached base with a single and a walk, adding a run scored and two steals while sophomore first baseman Sarah Mooney extended her hitting streak to five games with a single and a stolen base in three at-bats.
Third baseman Kory Hayden and first baseman Jazmin Daigle picked up the only hits for the Chanticleers as each finished the game 1-for-3. Designated player Cacia Pierre was the only other player to reach base as she drew a walk in two trips to the plate.
The only runs of the game came on Shinaberry's two-run home run in the top of the second inning. Quolas sat down the first two batters she faced with strikeouts, but Sandy extended the inning with a single to right-center field. She moved up to second on a wild pitch before completing the venture around the bases when Shinaberry powered a fly ball over the fence in left-center. It was the first homer of the year for the senior and the fifth of her career.
Ford controlled the game the remainder of the way, only allowing two base runners to advance beyond first base. She threw 78 of her 110 pitches for strikes while 12 of her 16 punch outs were swinging strikeouts.
The Dukes return to play on Wednesday as they travel to Charlottesville for a doubleheader against Virginia before returning home to host the JMU Invitational at Veterans Memorial Park next weekend.