GREENVILLE, N.C. - Johnny Bladel, Mike Fabiaschi and Brett Garner combined to drive in nine runs, while Evan Scott allowed one run over 4 1/3 innings as James Madison walked out of town with an 11-5 win over East Carolina at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium in both teams final non-conference game of the season. With the win the Dukes improved to 27-20 overall and the Pirates dropped to 30-23.
Scott (1-1), who made just his second start of the season, scattered three hits, walked four and struck out three during his abbreviated outing to post his first win of the 2010 season. The Dukes used a total of four relief pitchers on the night in Alex Valadja (0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K), David Edwards (0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB), James Weiner (1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER) and Josh Futter (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB).
Patrick Somers suffered the loss falling to 1-1 on the year after allowing two runs (both earned) on one hit with a pair of strikeouts in one inning of relief. Starter Shawn Armstrong had pinpoint control fanning four batters in two innings of work. From the third frame on, ECU continued their staff outing using six pitchers over the final six innings. Mike Anderson (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K), Seth Simmons (1.0 IP, 2 BB, 1 K) and D.J. Jauss (1.0 IP, 1 H) did not allow a run in their outings, while Joseph Hughes and Mike Wright were touched for four each and Jake Harris gave up one in an innings worth of work.
JMU pushed across a pair of runs in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead and never looked back. David Herbek drew an opening frame walk then took second when Bladel was hit by a Somers pitch in the back. A sacrifice bunt from Fabiaschi moved both runners into scoring position and Garner cleared the bases with two outs on a single to left field.
ECU scored the first run of the game in the second inning on Philip Clark's RBI single to center. Austin Homan reached on a fielder's choice and took second on Devin Harris' first base hit of the game, a shot to left field. Clark followed with his first single of the night scoring Homan and moving Harris to third, while he stood on second base thanks to a fielding error with one out. But Scott buckled down getting Cam Freeman to pop out to second and Trent Whitehead to fly out to center to end the stanza.
The Dukes used a four-run fourth to pad their lead to 6-1. Matt Tenaglia doubled down the right field line with one out and Matt Townsend followed with a walk before a double steal moved both runners into scoring position. Herbek walked to load the bases and Bladel singled back up the middle scoring Tenaglia and Townsend. Bladel moved to second on his ninth stolen base of the season and came home along with Herbek on Fabiaschi's single to left.
Devin Harris pulled the Pirates within four, 7-3 in the bottom of the sixth when he sent a full-count offering to straight away centerfield for a two-run homer, his ninth of the season. John Wooten walked to start the sixth and took second on a wild pitch before trotting home on Harris' blast.
JMU added four in the seventh to take a commanding 11-3 lead before the Pirates were able to scratch a run across in the seventh and eight frames to end the game.
Offensively the Pirates reached the 10-hit mark for the 33rd time on the year. Joining Harris with multiple hits were Clark and Whitehead, who each had a pair of base knocks. ECU drew nine walks and left 12 runners on base.
ECU will turn its focus on trying to qualify for the Conference USA Tournament when it plays host to Houston for a pivotal three-game series starting Thursday, May 20 with a first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m. (EDT).