JMU roundup: Pirates roll past Dukes in baseball

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HARRISONBURG — Seton Hall accumulated 24 hits while scoring in eight of nine innings to defeat James Madison 19-4 in the final game of a three-game baseball series on Monday afternoon at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park.

Seton Hall, ranked 22nd in the Collegiate Baseball national poll, improved to 9-3 while JMU fell to 7-8 one day after beating the Pirates for its first win over a ranked team since 2009.

The afternoon for the Dukes was highlighted by redshirt senior first baseman Matt Tenaglia going 4-for-5 with his seventh double and 20th RBI. Redshirt sophomore shortstop Kyle Weston’s first career home run was an inside-the-park hit in the second. Senior right fielder Tyler Gregory had two hits for the Dukes.

Joe DiBenedetto earned the victory in relief for the Pirates after allowing three hits and no runs in 2 2/3 innings of work. Sophomore starter Mark Gunst took the loss for JMU after allowing seven runs, four earned, on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

For the second time in the series, Seton Hall scored at least 15 runs with better than 20 hits. Of the 24 hits by the Pirates, 13 came on grounders either on infield singles or singles through the holes of the infield. Only six of SHU’s hits went for extra bases.

Eight of nine position starters for the Pirates had multiple-hit games, led by third baseman Kyle Grimm at 4-for-6 with a home run, four runs scored and two RBIs. Center fielder Zack Weigel was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Shortstop D.J. Ruhlman also had three hits with a home run, and right fielder Chris Selden joined the three-hit attack with two RBIs and three runs scored.

JMU closes its stretch of four games in four days against ranked foes with a 4 p.m. game on Tuesday at No. 3 Virginia.

Women’s basketball

RICHMOND — James Madison University senior guard Kirby Burkholder is the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday.

This is the seventh time this season the senior has garnered the league’s weekly honor.

Burkholder scored 30 points to lead JMU to an 86-49 win over Northeastern last Wednesday. She hit on 11 of her 18 shot attempts to shoot 61.1 percent from the field, including a career-best eight made 3-pointers. She added eight rebounds and an assist in 30 minutes of action. Her eight made 3s gives her 102 on the season, moving her into second on the conference’s single-season list. She trails only the 112 made 3-pointers by Dawn Evans (2007-11) in 2009-10 on the all-time list. Her three 30-point games is the most hit the conference this season.

The Preseason CAA Player of the Year finished the regular season averaging 19.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest. She shot 40.8-percent from the fielding, including hitting 37.8-percent of her 3s and 87.1-percent of her free throws.

North Carolina-Wilmington’s Brie Mobley was also honored by the CAA on Monday, claiming CAA Rookie of the Week.

JMU returns to action on Friday at noon at the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., in the CAA quarterfinals. The Dukes await the winner of the first round game between eighth-seeded William & Mary and ninth-seeded UNCW.

Women’s tennis

TAMPA, Fla. — James Madison’s women’s tennis saw its four-match win streak halted by Old Dominion as the Dukes fell 5-2 to the Monarchs in a neutral-court match on Monday morning.

JMU fell to 5-3 on the season while ODU improved to 7-3. The Monarchs went 2-1 in doubles play to secure the doubles point before taking four of six singles points.

Seniors Jacqueline Palmucci and Ruxandra Andriescu won 8-5 at No. 3 doubles, taking down Nika Khmolovska and Faith Atiso.

To secure the doubles point, Old Dominion won 8-7 (1-0) at the No. 1 doubles position over junior Taylor Pinchoff and freshman Alex Huie and won 8-5 at the No. 2 doubles position over sophomore Cara Wirth and redshirt junior Sarah Khan.

Palmucci tallied a point for the Dukes in singles action as she defeated Khmolovska a second time at the No. 6 position. She won in two sets, earning a 6-3 victory in set one and a 6-2 victory in set two.

Freshman Rachel Nelson picked up the second point for JMU as she posted a come-from-behind victory over Ivan Vukovic at No. 4 singles. After falling 6-3 in set one, she rattled off two straight set wins (7-5, 10-5) to take the point and stretch her undefeated streak to seven spring duals.

At No. 3 singles, freshman Emily Bradshaw took the first set 6-2 before Marijana Novakovic picked up straight-set victories (7-5, 6-3) to earn the point. ODU picked up straight-set victories at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 singles over Pinchoff (6-0, 6-1), Huie (6-2, 6-2) and Andriescu (6-3, 6-4) to take the 5-2 match win.

The Dukes continue their stay in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday as they face Evansville at 11:30 a.m.