JMU roundup: Dukes fall to College of Charleston in baseball

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MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Tyler Thornton limited James Madison to one earned run in 7 1/3 innings and the College of Charleston struck for three or four runs in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to pull away for a 12-2 win over James Madison on Sunday afternoon at Patriots Point.

Charleston remained in first place at 27-12 overall and 10-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. JMU fell to 12-24 overall and 4-7 in league play.

Thornton improved to 3-4 with two runs allowed, one earned, on eight hits in 7 1/3 innings. Sophomore Mark Gunst took the loss after allowing six runs, five earned, on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Freshman Josh Wyatt was the lone JMU player with multiple hits in a nine-hit team effort. Junior center fielder Kevin Husum and sophomore catcher Bobby San Martin each had RBIs.

Designated hitter Nick Pappas and catcher Ryan Welke each had three of the Cougars’ 17 hits. First baseman Carl Wise and shortstop Champ Rowland each had two hits with three RBIs. Rowland also had two walks and three runs scored.

JMU scored first in the second inning as senior right fielder Tyler Gregory singled, moved to second on an error and scored on San Martin’s RBI single.

That lead lasted until the fourth when Charleston struck for four runs on four hits, all after two groundouts to start the frame. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases and Rowland singled in two runs for the lead. Blake Butler drove in a run and a fielding error contributed to the final run.

The Cougars picked up a Morgan Phillips RBI single in the fifth and then made it 8-1 in the sixth on a Gunnar Heidt RBI single and Wise two-run single.

JMU picked up one run in the seventh on Husum’s RBI groundout. Charleston added another four-run inning in the seventh with two bases-loaded walks, a wild pitch and a Wise RBI single.

JMU returns home for Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. non-conference game hosting VMI.

Women’s lacrosse

HARRISONBURG – On Senior Day, the James Madison lacrosse class of 2014 led the Dukes to a 17-7 victory over Hofstra to clinch a share of the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association regular-season title and the No. 2 seed at next month’s CAA championship tournament.

JMU finished the regular season with a 4-1 record against conference foes and a 10-6 overall record. Hofstra fell to 1-3 in CAA action and 7-9 overall. Junior goalkeeper Schylar Healy earned the win, allowing seven goals and committing seven saves, while Kelsey Gregerson took the loss, allowing 17 goals and committing nine saves.

Redshirt-junior attacker Emily Rhoads, who is graduating this May, posted a career-high seven points off three goals and a career-high four assists. Redshirt-senior attacker Megan Piotrowicz posted a career-high six points off a personal-best four goals and tying a personal-best two assists.

Senior attacker Amy Roguski also posted a career-high six points off five goals, tying a personal high, and one assist. Her five goals pushed her career total to 111, moving her into a tie for 13th all-time at JMU (Robyn Dunn, 1982-85).

The Dukes posted 13 assists on 17 goals, setting a season high as a team. Seven Madison players scored while eight tallied assists.

Hofstra was led by Tiana Parrella, who scored three times for the Pride. Lindsay McKinnon notched a team-high four points off one goal and three assists.

The Pride and the Dukes were even at 13 draw controls each. Brittain Altomare won a game-high five to pace Hofstra while as junior attacker Stephanie Finley corralled a team-high four draw controls to lead JMU. Finley pushed her season total to 57 draw controls, setting a single-season record for Madison as she surpassed the previous high of 55, tallied twice before.

The first five goals of the afternoon came from JMU sticks, giving the Dukes a 5-0 with 8:09 left in the first half. Hofstra did not score until the 1:25 mark of the first stanza, a man-up goal as Finley sat with a yellow card, as JMU took a 5-1 lead into halftime.

JMU opened the second half with another 5-0 run to give JMU a 10-1 advantage with 19:38 left on the clock. The Pride tallied six of the next eight goals to cut the Dukes lead to five goals at 12-7 with 4:42 to go, but JMU closed the game on a third 5-0 run over the final 2 minutes, 34 seconds to run away with a 17-7 victory.

On defense, Madison edged Hofstra in ground balls 24-20 and caused turnovers 12-10. Redshirt-junior defender Kaci Starkloff picked up a career-high tying four ground balls to lead the Dukes. Sophomore midfielder Taylor Gress caused a career-high three turnovers by the Pride.

Madison secured a share of the CAA regular-season title today with Towson. Although both teams have 4-1 records, the Tigers hold the head-to-head advantage over the Dukes, giving Towson the No. 1 seed in the upcoming CAA championship tournament while JMU will be the No. 2 seed.

The 2014 CAA championship tournament begins with the semifinal round on May 2 and wraps up with the championship game on May 4. In the first year of predetermined sites, the event will be hosted by William & Mary in Williamsburg, No. 2 JMU will take on the as-yet-determined No. 3 seed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2.