James Madison beats FIU in first game of Chapel Hill Regional

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Jake Lowery homered and drove in three

runs to lead James Madison past Florida International 11-7 on

Friday in the opening game at the Chapel Hill Regional.

David Herbek finished with two RBIs and drove in the go-ahead

run during a six-run seventh inning that put the third-seeded Dukes

(41-17) ahead for good.

Lowery, the Colonial Athletic Association's player of the year,

finished 3 for 4, while Matt Tenaglia drove in two runs for James

Madison, which extended the nation's longest active winning streak

to 10.

Five players homered for second-seeded FIU (40-19-1): Garrett

Wittels, Jabari Henry, Pablo Bermudez, Yoandy Barroso and Mike

Martinez. The Panthers had lost only twice in their previous 23


D.J. Brown (9-1) relieved starter Sean Tierney in the second and

struck out five in 7 1-3 innings for the win.