HARRISONBURG, Virginia - Brian Mims doubled and homered for UNCW, but it was the relief pitching of James Madison's Michael Evans that lifted the Dukes to an 8-6 win over the Seahawks on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Dukes, who moved into a three-way tie for fifth in the league, halted a four-game losing skid with the win and improved to 19-28 overall and 9-11 in the CAA. The Seahawks, who earned a CAA tournament bye following a loss by Northeastern earlier in the day, dipped to 35-12 and 14-4.
Evans (4-1) picked up the win with 3.2 innings of three-hit, shutout relief. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. Ben Garner finished off the Seahawks in the ninth for his eighth save of the season.
Leading the Dukes at the plate was Kyle MCPherson, going 3-for-5 with three runs batted in. Brett Johnson and Bradley McKay added two hits apiece while Zach Tondi drove in two runs.
Offensively, Mims paced the Seahawks with his two extra base hits while Zack Canada also had two hits, including a double. For Mims, it was his 11th homer of the season.
UNCW's Justin Crump (2-2) took the loss after allowing four runs, one earned, on three hits in 2/3 of an inning.
Up next: The series concludes on Sunday with a 2 p.m. start. UNCW righthander Cory Gantz (4-0) will make his eighth start while JMU counters with lefthander Colton Harlow (2-6).
Home Runs: UNCW - Mims (off Withers in the third inning with one on and none out)
How it happened: After UNCW plated four in the top of the fourth inning, JMU struck for four runs of its own off Crump. The Dukes took advantage of three hits, two walks and a pair of UNCW errors to retake the lead and pick up the home win.
Inside the box score: UNCW was 1-for-13 with RISP and scored just one runner from third with less than two outs ... JMU (5) and UNCW (4) combined to get their leadoff hitter on base nine times ... Both teams were 3-for-12 with two out ... Evans did not allow a hit with a runner on base (0-7).
Notes: Steven Linkous extended his hitting streak to 11 games and his on base streak to 34 ... He also stole two bases to give him 26 on the season ... Robbie Thorburn also swiped his 17th bag of the season ... Starter Alex Royalty went three innings, his second shortest start of the season ... Stupienski and Mims now have 51 and 50 RBI's respectively.