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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The University of Delaware baseball squad dropped a heartbreaker to Colonial Athletic Association foe James Madison University on Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park, falling to Dukes 6-5 on a walk-off home run by Fox Semones.

The Blue Hens (11-9, 0-2 CAA) enjoyed leads of 2-0 and 5-3 in the ball game, but closer Ron Marinaccio allowed home runs in the eighth and ninth innings to give the Dukes (17-5, 2-0 CAA) the walk-off victory.

“That was a great college baseball game, result withstanding” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said. “It’s very tough to lose that game though, being just four outs away, but you have to tip your cap to JMU. We got outstanding pitching from [Nick] Spadafino and [Ron] Marinaccio. JMU just caught up with a pair of Marinaccio fastballs and that was the difference in the game. Going forward we’re going to have to find a way to win these games. I’m confident that next time we will.”

In the second inning designated hitter Doug Trimble hit a lead-off single before Nick Patten singled him to third. The next Delaware hitter Jeremy Ake hit a sacrifice fly to right, giving the Hens a 1-0 lead.

After Spadafino shut down the Dukes in the second and third innings, the Hens grabbed another run in the fourth on an RBI fly out by Patten.

The Dukes added three runs in the fourth before the Blue Hens tied the game again on another RBI fly out, this time by outfielder Jordan Glover in the fifth.

In the following inning, shortstop James Meeker tripled home Ake and Diaz Nardo to give the Blue Hens a 5-3 advantage.

In the bottom half the Dukes first two batters reached second and third with no out, prompting Sherman to summon Marinaccio. The closer stranded both runners, striking out a pair of Dukes in the process.

After the teams traded zeros in the seventh, the Dukes struck for a pair of runs in the eighth.

With two outs in the inning, second baseman Josh Wyatt connected on his fourth home run of the season, tying the game at 5-5.

After JMU posted a scoreless top half of the ninth, Semones took the second pitch he saw from Marinaccio over the left field wall for his first career home run.

The blast clinched the series win for the Dukes, as JMU defeated Delaware 12-8 Friday night. The squads will meet tomorrow in the series finale at 2 p.m.

Delaware left-hander Kevin Milley will be opposed by Josh Silvestri of JMU in the series finale.

HEN SCRATCHINGS:
• Delaware produced 10 hits or more for the 11th time this season.
• Five Blue Hens starters are batting at least .300 or better this season.
• Trimble has a 15-game hitting streak and has recorded a hit in every game but one this year.  He recorded his 10th multiple-hit game vs. JMU Saturday

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