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Dukes split the first two games of the series against Arkansas State

HARRISONBURG, Va. – James Madison baseball split the first two games of its series with Arkansas State on Saturday, winning the restart of Friday’s suspended game 9-4 and leaving game two 8-1 at Veterans Memorial Park.

JMU moved to 27-19 overall and 11-11 in Sun Belt Conference action, while Arkansas State is now 20-25-1 (7-15-1 SBC).

Sophomore redshirt T. R. Williams pitched 4.0 innings in game one, tying a career-high eight strikeouts while allowing just one hit. Ryan Dooley and first baseman Jacob Steinberg each recorded two hits, while Coleman Calabrese launched a three-run home run and finished 1-for-3. In game two, the Dukes managed just six hits and one run, and that came on a solo home run by Dooley.

How it happened
JMU 9, Arkansas State 4
First inning
Fenwick Trimble reached base on a throwing error to get things started, and on a sacrifice fly off the bat Wyatt PeiferCalabrese gave JMU a 4-0 lead with his eighth home run of the year.

Third inning

Arkansas State scored two runs in the top of the third, taking advantage of a JMU error and getting four hits to cut the Dukes’ lead to 4-2.

The Dukes added their fifth point of the game on a groundout by Peifer in the second half before the game was suspended for 15 hours due to rain and lightning. The match resumed at 10am on Saturday.

Fifth inning
T. R. Williamswho came in in the top of the fourth inning, struckout the team after coming in relief Jackson Logar after the delay. Williams retired the first seven batters he faced, including five strikeouts.

In the bottom of the inning, Brendan O’Donnell walked with the bases loaded, Steinberg recorded a sacrifice fly to bring in one, and Dooley hit a two-RBI double to make it 9-2 through five.

Sixth inning

Williams continued to work in the sixth, dishing out a trio of punchouts and allowing just one hit.

Ninth inning

A-State got two runs in the top of the ninth on a two-RBI single by Alen Grier, but TJ Brooks eliminated the Red Wolves and helped secure the 9-4 victory.

Arkansas State 8, JMU 1
Second inning

Arkansas State put two on base in the top of the second inning, but starter Donavon Burke eliminated a Red Wolf who wanted to keep the match at 0-0.

Third inning

A-State broke through with RBIs from Grier and Jared Toler to take a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third. The Red Wolves followed that with a pair of runs in the fourth on a fielder’s choice and groundout, making it 4-0.

Sixth inning

Arkansas State’s lead grew to 6-0 thanks to an RBI single by Wil French and a walk by Jake Williams to score French. The Dukes responded with a solo shot to the right from Dooley to cut the deficit to 6-1.

Eighth inning

In the top of the eighth, Toler singled to right to bring Grier and French over for an 8-1 lead. JMU scored just one goal the rest of the way as the Red Wolves won the second game, 8-1.

Game notes

  • James Madison leads Arkansas State in the all-time series 2-1.
  • T. R. Williams matched his career-high of eight strikeouts in four innings of work, a season high.
  • With Dooley’s home run in the second game, the Dukes have produced 70 home runs this season, the sixth most in a single season in JMU history. The 2006 team holds the program record with 101 home runs in 59 games.
  • Mike Mancini recorded his 13th multi-hit game of the year in game two.

Next one

The Dukes and Red Wolves meet in the final episode on Sunday, May 5 at Veterans Memorial Park. The first pitch is scheduled for noon and will be streamed on ESPN+.