JMU roundup: Dukes top Marshall in baseball

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Senior third baseman Ty McFarland smacked a two-run, tie-breaking home run in the 10th inning to propel James Madison to an 8-5 victory over Marshall early Friday in the first game of the Caravelle Resort Tournament at Field at Pelicans Stadium.

JMU improved to 5-5 overall with its first extra-innings game since a 5-3 win at George Washington on April 27, 2013. MU fell to 3-5.

Senior right-hander Trent Cundiff picked up the win after recovering from allowing an unearned run in the ninth. He worked 2 2/3 innings overall. Junior Kevin Husum worked the 10th with two strikeouts for his first JMU save.

JMU led 4-0 going into the bottom half of the seventh thanks to the dominant start of junior Patrick Toohers. The right-hander limited the Herd to two hits through six shutout innings while striking out seven, one shy of his career high.

After a pitching change, Marshall struck for four runs in the seventh to quickly tie it before Cundiff escaped with the tie. JMU reclaimed the lead in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by senior second baseman Conner Brown, but the Herd tied it in the bottom of the ninth with the aid of a leadoff error. A groundout and a bunt pushed the runner to third with one out and a sacrifice fly by Chase Vogelbach plated the run without the aid of a hit.

In the 10th, Husum led off like Marshall did by reaching on an error. That set the stage for McFarland’s two-run, go-ahead blast to right field for his fifth round tripper of the season. He entered the day leading the nation with 15 runs, one back of the national lead in home runs and two back of the national lead in total bases with 32. Junior left fielder Chad Carroll added an RBI single to score Brown to make it 8-5 before Husum’s save in the bottom of the frame.

Madison’s season high of 15 hits was led by sophomore catcher Bobby San Martin, who went 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI to double his previous career best for hits in a game. Husum singled, doubled, walked, scored twice and drove in a run in the leadoff spot. Redshirt senior Matt Tenaglia was 2-for-4 with a walk and a hit by pitch. Senior right fielder Tyler Gregory and redshirt sophomore shortstop Kyle Weston also had multiple hits as eight of JMU’s nine starters recorded a hit.

Catcher Matt Reed and third baseman Johnathan Beary each had two of Marshall’s seven hits with Beary driving in a pair of runs and also earning a hit by pitch. Shortstop Sergio Leon doubled and drove in a pair.

The Dukes broke through first in the well-pitched game with a run in the third on Husum’s RBI single to plate San Martin, who then made it 2-0 in the fifth with a double to score Weston. The lead doubled to 4-0 in the seventh when Tenaglia and Gregory each tallied RBI singles.

After the strong six-inning start by Toohers, the lead evaporated quickly in the seventh as Beary and Leon each posted two-run base hits to make it 4-4.

Competition in the Caravelle Resort event continues on Saturday when the Dukes meet Rhode Island at 5 p.m.

Swimming and diving
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Seniors Shannon Dubay and Kelsey Holmgaard combined with redshirt freshman Taryn McLaughlin to win three individual titles for the James Madison swimming and diving to highlight day three of the Colonial Athletic Association Championships at Eppley Recreation Center in College Park, Md., Friday.

In total, JMU won four of the seven events on Friday, adding a relay championship to the three individual titles. The Dukes sit in second out of eight teams with 494 points. Towson leads the meet with 583 points with William & Mary sitting in third at 303 points. The remainder of the field sees UNCW in fourth (290.5 points), Delaware in fifth (240), Northeastern in sixth (235.5), the College of Charleston in seventh (186) and Drexel rounding out the field in eighth (151).

Holmgaard opened the evening’s action for Madison by winning the 400-yard Individual medley in a NCAA “B” cut time of 4:15.90. She became the first JMU swimmer to sweep both individual medley events since Barbie Johnson in 1987 and the first CAA swimmer to do it since Courtney Alles of William & Mary in 2007.

Junior Aimee Hooper won a swim-off in the preliminaries to reach the Championship Final. She placed eighth in the 400 IM with a career-best time of 4:25.89.

The Dukes’ second event win on the day came from Dubay in the 200-yard breaststroke. The senior broke the school record with a time of 1:00.25 to turn in an NCAA “B” cut time. Two swimmers, sophomore Amanda Presgraves and freshman Emma Richer earned points in the Consolation Final for JMU. Presgraves claimed ninth with the fourth-best time in school history at 1:03.51 while Richer’s preliminary time of 1:04.36 was a career-best. She finished 13th.

McLaughlin won the one-meter dive to give the Dukes their second diver to sweep both diving events at the CAA Championships in as many years as she joins Kimberly Helfrich (2009-13) in accomplishing the feat. It is the third straight year overall that Madison has swept the diving events.

McLaughlin finished first with a score of 323.90. Her preliminary score of 324.20 was a career-best and the second-best one-meter diving score in Madison diving history. Three other Dukes competed in the finals as freshman Olivia Lehman placed fourth with the sixth-best score in school history (301.05) followed by junior Alex Savage in seventh (285.60) and sophomore Carly Alexander in eighth (283.80).

Freshman Katie Sheppard wrapped up the diving performance by finishing 12th with a score of 263.20.

JMU’s final win on the day came in the 400-yard medley relay, giving it three wins in four relay events. The quartet of Dubay, Holmgaard, junior Susanne Gingher and sophomore Kacy Edsall claimed 40 points for their team by completing the swim in a time of 3:40.29.

The Dukes placed five swimmers in the Championship Final of the 200-yard freestyle with sophomore Camilla Czulada leading the way in fourth. Her time of 1:48.52 was the fourth-fastest time in program history. Sophomores Carli Molano and Cameron Martin finished in sixth and eighth, respectively.

Other top finishers for Madison included Edsall grabbing eighth in the 100-yard backstroke and junior Melissa Criscuolo, claiming ninth in the 100-yard butterfly. Edsall turned in the second-fastest 100 back time in school history at 55.40 in the prelims while Criscuolo finished the butterfly a time of 55.41.

The 2013 CAA Championships wraps up on Saturday with six more event finals. Gold medals will be handed out in the 1,650-yard freestyle, the 200 backstroke, the 100 freestyle, the 200 breaststroke, the 200 butterfly and the 400 freestyle relay.