JMU Tops Delaware 9-6 In CAA Baseball Championship
HARRISONBURG, Va. (May 23, 2013) – Bradley Shaban broke a 4-4 tie with a sixth-inning home run to lead sixth-seeded James Madison to a 9-6 victory over third-seeded Delaware Thursday morning in the completion of the second game of the 2013 CAA Baseball Championship at Veterans Memorial Park.
JMU (25-28) advances to meet second-seeded William & Mary in a 6 p.m. Thursday winners’ bracket game. Delaware (33-21) returned immediately to meet fifth-seeded Northeastern in the losers’ bracket at 11:20 a.m. in the tournament’s third game
Delaware and JMU resumed play at 9 a.m. Thursday after action was interrupted by lightning with JMU leading 4-2 in the top of the fourth inning Wednesday afternoon.
Chad Carroll led off JMU’s sixth inning with an infield single, and Shaban homered over the right field wall two hitters later to give the Dukes a 6-4 lead. The hit was one of three in the game for Shaban, who had a two-run single during JMU’s three-run first inning and a single in the eighth.
The Dukes, who had 13 hits overall, also got a three-hit effort from Matt Tenaglia, who hit a solo homer in the second, singled in the fifth and had an RBI single three hitters after Slaban’s homer run in the sixth. Carroll also had two singles and scored three times for JMU.
DJ Long and Jimmy Yesso, Delaware’s second and third batters, combined for six of their team’s 11 hits, including a double by each. Long also scored three times.
Patrick Toohers, who replaced JMU starter Mark Gunst when play resumed, worked 3 1/3 innings for the win, and Chris Huffman went the final 2 2/3 innings for his eighth save. Toohers, who improved to 3-8, allowed three runs, all earned, on three hits and a walk. Huffman stranded a runner in the seventh and allowed a run in the ninth before getting the game’s final out on an infield grounder with the bases loaded.
Dan Gatto, Delaware’s second pitcher, took the loss to fall to 4-3. He allowed three earned runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He relieved starter Chad Kuhl when played resumed Thursday.
JMU took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first after three straight hitters drew one-out walks. Shaban drove in the game’s first two runs with a sharp single to right, and Casey Goss plated the third with a groundout.
The Dukes raised the lead to 4-0 in the second when Tanaglia led off with his first home run the season, an opposite-field shot to left center.
Delaware got to within 4-2 in the third on Chris Branigan’s first homer of the year, a two-run opposite field shot following Yezzo’s single and Nick Ferdinand’s fielder’s choice groundout.
The Blue Hens pulled into a 4-4 tie in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by Long and Yesso and Nick Ferdinand’s RBI single.
After JMU’s three-run sixth, Delaware got to within 7-5 in the seventh when Long walked, moved to second on Ferdinand’s single and scored on EJ Stoltzfus’ single.
JMU added two insurance runs in the ninth on Ty McFarland’s one-out single, an infield error and Brown’s apparently routine outfield fly that fell for a two-run triple after Delaware’s right fielder didn’t locate the ball off the bat.