JMU roundup: Dukes fall to Virginia in baseball

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HARRISONBURG – Outfielders Joe McCarthy and Mike Papi each drove in four runs in the heart of the lineup and five Virginia pitchers limited James Madison to four hits in a 9-3 win in a non-conference baseball game on Tuesday evening at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park.

UVA improved to 27-5 and swept the two-game season series. JMU fell to 11-18. The game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 1,632, the second-best recorded attendance in program history.

Alec Bettinger picked up the win to improve to 4-0 after working through three walks and two hits allowed in four innings. Artie Lewicki tossed three hitless innings in relief.

Junior Ben Garner took the loss after allowing two runs on a home run in the first. He exited after the final out was recorded on a ball hit hard off his wrist. Sophomore Kevin Feehan worked a scoreless sixth and redshirt freshman Luke Suttmiller allowed one run in the final three frames.

McCarthy went 4-for-5 with four RBIs on a two-run home run and a pair of doubles. Papi also hit a two-run home run and had a pair of RBI groundouts. Third baseman John La Prise was 3-for-3 with two walks and two runs while center fielder Brandon Downes was 2-for-2 with two walks.

Redshirt sophomore shortstop Kyle Weston drove in two runs with a ninth-inning double for JMU. Freshman designated hitter Josh Wyatt added an RBI triple. Senior right fielder Tyler Gregory was 1-for-2 with two walks.

Virginia grabbed the lead in the first inning as shortstop Daniel Pinero walked on four pitches and scored on McCarthy’s two-out blast to right center to make it 2-0.

JMU put two on with one out in the second. A deep fly to center was unable to advance the lead runner to third as Downes made a strong throw to the infield. Freshman left fielder Ky Parrott then singled to load the bases but again Downes’ arm kept the lead runner from advancing. That proved key as a foul pop up stranded the bases loaded on the next batter.

The Cavaliers picked up a run in the fourth as McCarthy led off with a double and advanced to third on a balk with no outs. Howard’s sacrifice fly to right plated McCarthy for the 3-0 lead.

Virginia compounded JMU walks in the fifth like it did in the first. After Pinero’s leadoff walk, he came around to score on Papi’s no-doubt shot to right, his sixth of the year, to make it 5-0.

The Cavs loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth on a leadoff single and a pair of walks. Papi’s fielder’s choice grounder to first drove in a run to make it 6-0. McCarthy followed with a two-run double laced to right to make it 8-0.

UVA loaded the bases again in the seventh on three consecutive singles and scored on Papi’s RBI groundout to make it 9-0.

Virginia appeared poised to record its fourth shutout in five games as JMU had two hits and four walks offensively until the ninth inning when Gregory and senior second baseman Conner Brown each walked with the game down to its last strike. Weston then picked up JMU’s first hit since the second inning with a double sliced to right center to score both and break up the shutout. Wyatt followed with a triple over the left fielder’s head to make it 9-3.

JMU continues its week of five games against in-state foes with a 6 p.m. game on Wednesday at Radford.

Women’s golf
ACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The James Madison women’s golf team finished 19th at the 2014 Web.com Intercollegiate, April 7-8. The two-day, 54-hole tournament, hosted by Jacksonville University, was played at Marsh Landing Country Club (Par 72 – 5,967 yards) in Jacksonville, Fla.

Madison could not put it together in the final round and posted a 33-over 321 to finish at 71-over 935. No. 35 Florida State, who led after two rounds, cruised to a 5-under 283 in the last 18 and won the team title at 13-under 851, 24 shots clear of runner-up East Carolina at 11-over 875. No. 24 Ohio State was third at 13-over 877, with No. 17 UCF in fourth at 18-over 882. Maryland completed the top five teams at 19-over 883.

Junior Shabril Brewer had her best finish of the year with a fifth-place finish at 3-under 213 following a final-round 2-over 74. It is Brewer’s second career top-five finish and her third straight top-20 placing, while her 213 is a career best by seven shots. Senior Ginger Mak was next in a tie for 87th at 22-over 238. Junior Maria Andrea Legaspi placed 94th at 26-over 242, while junior Nikola Wessels was 95th at 27-over 243. Sophomore Kelsey Solan tied for 96th at 29-over 245.

Florida State’s Matilda Castren took home medalist honors at 12-under 204, winning by four shots over teammate Alex Milan and Juliet Vongphoumy of Maryland at 8-over 208.

JMU will return to the course to defend its league title at the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Golf Championship, Fri.-Sun., April 18-20 at St. James Plantation’s Reserve Course in Southport, N.C. Brewer is also the defending individual medalist with the team victor earning the CAA’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals.