CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Maine was eliminated from the NCAA tournament with a 5-2 loss to James Madison today in an elimination game of the Chapel Hill Regional at the University of North Carolina.

The third-seeded Dukes (42-18), who came into the game with the top-scoring offense in the country at 9.2 runs a game, scored four runs in the second inning against Black Bears starter A.J. Bazdanes (1-5).

Jake Lowery had a two-run double in the inning, and later hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to extend the lead.

Michael Fransoso doubled and scored in the first inning and had an RBI
triple in the third inning for the fourth-seeded Black Bears (33-24).

Reliever Shaun Coughlin kept Maine in the game, allowing one run in 5-1/3 innings. But the offense got only four hits; besides Fransoso,
Joey Martin singled in the first inning and Colin Gay doubled in the
eighth.

Dukes starter Evan Scott (4-3) pitched 7-1/3 innings to record the win.

James Madison will face winner’s bracket champion North Carolina today at 6 p.m.