James Madison Hands Virginia Another Loss, 13-4
April 2, 2002
HARRISONBURG, Va. – James Madison combined nine hits with 10 walks to stroll past Virginia, 13-4, in non-conference college baseball Tuesday afternoon at JMU’s Long Field. It was JMU’s second win against UVa in as many days after recording a 3-2 victory in Charlottesville on Monday. The Dukes have now defeated the Cavaliers six consecutive times and improved to 22-7 overall this spring. Virginia slipped to 16-14 with its fifth loss in six outings.
JMU broke the game open by scoring seven runs on just three hits in the seventh inning. The Dukes took advantage of two walks, two hit batsmen, a two-run double by senior right fielder Pat Cunningham (Centreville, Va./Centreville) and a three-run double by Travis Ebaugh (Newport News, Va,/Woodside) in the big frame.
Sophomore center fielder Kurt Isenberg (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) went 2-for-4 with an RBI double that gave the Dukes a 4-2 lead in the fourth. Senior designated hitter Steve Ballowe (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) also went 2-for-4. Senior catcher Dustin Bowman (Dayton, Va./Turner Ashby) cracked his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot to lead off the fifth and give the Dukes a 5-2 advantage.
JMU junior right-hander John Gouzd (Fairmont, W.Va./Fairmont) worked seven innings on the mound to raise his record to 4-2. He allowed two runs on six hits and fanned six without a walk. None of JMU’s three pitchers in the game issued a walk.
The Cavaliers took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second on back-to-back homers by junior first baseman Robert Word (Knoxville, Tenn./Webb School) and freshman shortstop Mark Reynolds (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial). Word connected for his fifth homer of the season and Reynolds hit his sixth.
Senior left fielder David Stone’s (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) two-run double accounted for Virginia’s two runs in the ninth.
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