Hofstra picked up its first win of the season to improve to 1-8 overall and 1-0 in the CAA. JMU dropped consecutive games for the first time this season, falling to 11-3 overall and 3-1 in the league.
D'Errico improved to 1-2 after holding JMU scoreless for the first six innings and exiting after allowing a sacrifice fly for the second out in the seventh. He allowed five hits and struck out three. Reliever Joe Burg worked the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs while earning his first save.
First baseman Joe Perez was 2-for-3 with a walk and a pair of runs scored for the Pride. Designated hitter Dylan Nasiatka had a solo home run in the fourth while catcher Matt Reistetter added a key two-run single in the seventh. Hofstra posted its four runs in the second, fourth and seventh innings on just three hits and finished with six.
Evan Scott suffered the loss for JMU, falling to 2-1 after allowing four runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Hofstra got on the board first in the second inning in quick fashion as Perez led off with a double to the warning track in right center. A groundout to second moved him one base and a groundout to shortstop by right fielder T.J. Thomas drove in the run.
The Pride added a run in the fourth as Nasiatka lifted a high fly that bounced off the top of the 16-foot wall in right and over the fence.
Hofstra led off the seventh with a pair of five-pitch walks. After a sacrifice bunt by Thomas, Reistetter singled up the middle to drive in two runs for a 4-0 Pride advantage.
JMU got one back in the seventh as Lowery led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and reached third on a single by shortstop David Herbek. First baseman Matt Tenaglia lifted his fourth sacrifice fly in 14 games to score Lowery.
The Pride started a two-out rally in the eighth with a single by shortstop Matt Ford followed by a walk by Nasiatka. Perez then singled to left but Ford was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
The Dukes kept the rally going in the eighth as a two-out single by center fielder Alex Foltz was followed by a two-run homer to right by Lowery, his team-leading eighth of the season.
Burg retired the first two batters in the ninth via strikeout. Third baseman Conner Brown reached on a walk, but a fielder's choice groundout by right fielder Ian Haynes ended the game.
JMU and Hofstra will be back in action for game two of the series on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.