JMU Edges Keydets Late, 4-3
Courtesy: Carlos Morales - AltaSky
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HARRISONBURG, Va. - Anthony Piccolino singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, leading the James Madison Dukes to a 4-3, walk-off win over the VMI Keydets in non-conference baseball action Wednesday night in Harrisonburg, Va.

The Keydets (13-14) had loaded the bases with one out in the ninth of the 3-3 game, but Shelton Perkins struck out Nathan Eaton and got Matt Pita on a ground ball. Josh Jones then walked with one out in the JMU (15-12) ninth against Matt Eagle. After a strikeout, Jones stole second and Piccolino followed by hitting a 3-2 pitch into left field for the game-winning hit.

The Keydets were held to just two hits by six JMU pitchers, but took advantage of 10 walks and never trailed until the game-ending hit. Eaton walked three times to lead the VMI offense, while DaVonn Griffin was 3 for 3 with two runs scored to lead the Dukes.

VMI jumped ahead in the first inning when Eaton led off with a walk, stole second and one out later, moved to third on a wild pitch. He then scored on a Jacob Jaye sacrifice fly, and that was the score until the Keydets added two more runs in the fourth and led, 3-0, all without the benefit of a hit.

Keydet starter Brandon Barbery, meanwhile, was in fine form and kept JMU off the board until Griffin hit a solo homer in the fifth to make it a 3-1 game. The Dukes got another run back in the seventh, but Barbery left with a 3-2 lead after seven. The Dukes tied it in the eighth against the Keydet bullpen, setting the stage for the dramatic ninth inning proceedings.

Barbery delivered seven innings of two-run baseball, holding the Dukes to just three hits, but got no decision. Perkins (3-0) was the winner, while Eagle (1-2) took the loss in relief.

VMI baseball will return to action Friday night in Johnson City, Tenn., when the Keydets face the Bucs of ETSU. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

James Madison 4, VMI 3 (April 4, 2018 at Harrisonburg, Va.)
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VMI 100 200 000 - 3 2 1 (13-14)
JMU 000 010 111 - 4 5 1 (15-12)
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VMI - Barbery; Tremblay (8); Eagle (8) and Smoot.
JMU - Bechtold; Bourne (4); Colon (5); Goggin (6); Robertson (8); Perkins (9); Hayes and Morgan.
W - Perkins (3-0) L - Eagle (1-2)
HR JMU - Griffin (3)
T - 3:19 A - 421