HARRISONBURG, Va. – UNCW’s pitching staff combined to allow a season-high 15 runs tying 18 hits as James Madison tied the Colonial Athletic Association’s series with a 15-6 victory Friday at the Veterans Memorial Park.
The Dukes snapped a five-game skid with the win and improved to 27-25 overall and 12-10 in the league. The Seahawks, meanwhile, saw their own five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 30-22 and 14-9. With the loss, the Seahawks must win the series to earn the second seed in the next CAA tournament.
Led by Trevon Dabney and Kyle Novak, both with three hits and three RBIs, six Dukes had multi-hit games. Dabney, Novak and Fenwick Trimble all homered.
Reliever Anthony Piccolino (1-0) took the win with 5.2 shutout innings.
Jac Croom and Noah’s Bridges both had two hits for the Seahawks while Ron Evans and Brooks Baldwin both homered in a five-run fourth inning.
UNCW Starter Cyle Phelan (2-2) took the loss, giving up five runs in the first set.
How did it happen: The Dukes jumped on the Seahawks for five runs in the bottom of the first and took an 11-1 lead after three innings of play. Ryan Dooley and Carson Bell drove in two runs apiece in the first inning as nine batters went are directed towards home plate.
Home runs: JMU – Kyle Novak (5, one man out, none out, bottom of second to right center), Fenwick Trimble (7, bases empty and none out in second left field), Trevon Dabney (8, two out and one in bottom of third from left); UNCW- Ron Evans (1, two over and one up from fourth to center right), Brooks Baldwin (11, with one over and one up from fourth to center right
Following: The Seahawks and Dukes wrap up their series on Saturday with a 1 p.m. start.