HARRISONBURG, Va. – Connor Brown's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted James Madison to a 6-5 win over visiting UNCW in the Colonial Athletic Association season opener on Friday at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Dukes, who halted a five-game skid, improved to 9-14 with the conference opening win while the Seahawks fell to 11-13 with their second straight loss.
JMU's Kevin Husum (2-0) earned the win in relief by escaping a bases-loaded, no out jam in the ninth for JMU. Husum also led the JMU lineup with four hits before coming into the game in relief in the ninth inning.
Connor Brown added three hits for the Dukes, who rallied from a 5-0 deficit over the final four innings.
Kelly Secrest (5-2) was saddled with the loss coming out of the bullpen for the Seahawks.
Offensively for UNCW, Casey Golden, Ryan LaGrange and Robbie Thorburn each had two hits.
How it happened: In the ninth, Secrest got the first out of the inning, but walked Tyler Carroll. Husum followed with a single to right that sent Carroll around to third. UNCW walked Ty McFarland to set the stage for Brown who singled through the hold.
Inside the box score: The Seahawks were 5-for-16 with runners on base and left just four runners stranded … Three of those runners came in the ninth when UNCW loaded the bases, but failed to plate a run … UNCW allowed the leadoff hitter to reach safely just once all night.
Notes: The Seahawks dropped to 1-4 on the road this season while the Duke improved to 6-7 at home … JMU reliever Patrick Toohers limited the Seahawks to a run one two hits over three innings … Mat Batts fanned eight hitters marking the fifth time this season he's fanned seven or more … Secrest allowed his first inherited runner to score this season and now has stranded 11-of-12 inherited … Golden extended his hitting streak to nine games while LaGrange pushed his on base streak to 16 games.
Next up: The series continues on Saturday with another 6:30 p.m. start from Veterans Memorial Park.
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