James Madison Dukes baseball

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James Madison Dukes
James Madison University Athletics logo.svg
Founded1970 (1970)
UniversityJames Madison University
Athletic directorJeff Bourne
Head coachMarlin Ikenberry (5th season)
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
LocationHarrisonburg, Virginia
Home stadiumEagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park
(Capacity: 1,200)
NicknameDukes
ColorsPurple and Gold[1]
         
College World Series appearances
1983
NCAA regional champions
1983
NCAA Tournament appearances
1980, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1994, 2002, 2008, 2011
Conference tournament champions
CAA: 2008, 2011
Conference champions
CAA: 1986, 1988, 1995, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2011
ECAC South: 1980, 1981

The JMU baseball team's head coach is Marlin Ikenberry. Founded in 1970, the JMU baseball team played at Long Field at Mauck Stadium through the end of the 2009 season. In 2010 they opened play at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park, the school's new baseball and softball complex. The "Diamond Dukes," as the team is known, have compiled a 1092-670-8 all-time record and have made the NCAA Tournament nine times, most recently in 2011. Billy Sample is JMU's most famous baseball alumnus, who played in 862 career major league games with the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, and Atlanta Braves. In the 2006 season, JMU had the top-two home run hitters in Division I. One of them, Kellen Kulbacki, placed in the top five in all three of the triple crown categories. Kulbacki received the 2006 National Player of the Year award as a sophomore. In 2008, the Dukes won their first CAA Championship defeating Towson University qualifying the team for the 2008 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament hosted by North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. The Dukes also won the CAA Championship in 2011 defeating Old Dominion University qualifying the team for the 2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JMU Logos and Marks". Retrieved April 1, 2016.