JMU roundup: Dukes fall to No. 3 Cavaliers

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CHARLOTTESVILLE — Virginia struck for eight runs in the third inning and got eight hits and eight RBIs from its top three batters in the lineup to record a 13-2 win over James Madison in a non-conference baseball game on Tuesday afternoon at Davenport Field.

U.Va., ranked third by Baseball America and in the top five in all five national polls, improved to 12-3. Playing a ranked opponent for the fourth time in four days, JMU fell to 7-9 overall.

Junior centerfielder Kevin Husum drove in both JMU runs with a single and a groundout. He also pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Junior left fielder Chad Carroll doubled and scored both JMU runs.

First baseman Mike Papi smacked a pair of home runs for the Cavaliers, with a solo shot in the first and a two-run homer to propel the eight spot in the third. Leadoff second baseman Branden Cogswell was 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs and three RBIs. Number two hitter Daniel Pinero was also 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Catcher Nate Irving and third baseman Kenny Towns added to Virginia’s 16-hit attack with two-hit games.

Connor Jones earned the win for U.Va. in his first collegiate start with one run allowed on three hits in four innings. Redshirt sophomore left-hander Aaron Hoover took the loss for JMU with six runs allowed, five earned, on five hits in 2 2/3 innings.

JMU will be at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park this weekend for a three-game home set with Cornell. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at noon. Sunday’s finale begins at 1 p.m. and features free admission for all fans.

RICHMOND — James Madison junior right-hander Heather Kiefer is the Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week as announced by the league on Tuesday. This is the second time this season and the fifth time in her career that Kiefer has collected the conference’s weekly pitching honor.

Kiefer helped lead JMU to a 4-0 record and tournament championship in last weekend’s 2014 Jack in the Box Spring Fling at the University of Hawai’i. The two-time All-CAA selection went 3-0 with a 0.32 ERA in 22 innings pitched. She limited her opponents to two runs, one earned, on 15 hits and six walks while holding opposing batters to a .195 batting average.

Kiefer tossed three complete games, including two shutouts. She did not allow a run over the last 18 2/3 innings pitched. On Sunday, the junior tossed consecutive shutouts, holding California and Hawai’i to one extra-base hit in 14 innings pitched. Her three wins on the weekend gives her 35 for her career and moved her into third on the school’s all-time wins list.

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association listed Kiefer among their notables performers of the week in today’s National Player of the Week Announcement.

The Dukes remain in the Aloha State this week as it plays in the 2014 Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Classic. They open the tournament on Wednesday with games against BYU (7 p.m.) and Valparaiso (11 p.m.).

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The James Madison women’s golf team moved up two spots in the final round to tie for ninth at the 2014 UNF Intercollegiate. The two-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by the University of North Florida, was played at the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club (Par 72 — 6,144 yards) in Jacksonville, Fla.

Playing with just four players due to a late individual withdrawal making all four players count, the Dukes continued their improvement by slicing another 13 shots off their second-round score and 26 off their first to a 21-over 309, with all four players in the 70s, to finish at 966 in a tie with Southern Illinois. Western Carolina took home the team title at 919, 11 shots ahead of runner up Daytona State. Host UNF was third at 933, with Old Dominion at 933 and Eastern Kentucky at 941 rounding out the top five teams.

Junior Shabril Brewer moved up 12 spots in the final round to tie for 15th at 235, shooting a team-best 4-over 76 in the final round. It is her ninth career top-20 finish. Senior Ginger Mak also moved up, advancing 12 spots in the final 18 with a 5-over 77 to tie for 23rd at 239. Junior Maria Andrea Legaspi tied for 41st at 245, while freshman Nicola Haynes placed 46th at 247.

Daytona State’s Tiffany Chan continued her wire-to-wire victory, finishing at 2-over 218 to win by eight shots over Western Carolina’s Kristin Swindell and Kim Bradbury of Old Dominion, who tied for second at 10-over 226.

Madison will remain in Florida to host its home tournament, the JMU/Eagle Landing Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be played at Eagle Landing Golf Club in Orange Park, Fla., with live scoring available at www.golfstat.com.