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Bearcats swept in twinbill by JMU

HARRISONBURG, Va.    Host James Madison (4-3) rallied from 9-1 down in the nightcap to complete a twinbill sweep of Binghamton baseball (2-4) Saturday afternoon from Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park. The Dukes took the opener 9-2 and won Game 2 by an 11-9 score.

In game two, the Bearcats seemed in control with an early 9-1 lead but JMU got a run in the third inning and erupted for seven runs on seven hits in the fourth to tie the game at 9-9. The big blow was a three-run home run. The Dukes then forged ahead with a run in the fifth on a solo home run and added a run in the seventh for the final margin.

The Bearcats struck early, plating six runs in the first inning. Binghamton batted around and used five hits and two walks to do the damage. Freshman shortstop Brendan Skidmore and sophomore first baseman Kyle Coronel produced their first collegiate hits and both drove in runs. Skidmore hit an RBI double and four hitters later, Coronel delivered a two-run double. Senior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz had two hits in the inning, including a two-out RBI infield single.

After the Dukes got one run back in the bottom of the first, BU forced a pitching change in the third. The Bearcats scored three runs on three hits and three JMU errors. Freshman right fielder Darian Herncane notched his first collegiate RBI and sophomore third baseman David Schanz added an RBI single.

But the Bearcats were held scoreless over the last six innings and JMU worked its way through four BU pitchers to stage its rally.
Bereszniewicz went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and two runs scored. Sophomore second baseman Reed Gamache went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Coronel went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored and Skidmore had two hits and an RBI.

Sophomore starter Jake Cryts (L, 1-1) went 3.1 innings.
In the opener, BU led 2-0 and junior starter Mike Urbanski was cruising with a no-hitter through three innings before things unraveled. The Dukes scored three runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to pull away. JMU outhit BU 11-6.

Binghamton put runners on base in each of the first four innings and got a pair of runs in the second inning to take an early lead. With two outs, senior shortstop John Howell walked and went to second on a single by freshman catcher Eddie Posavec. Schanz then hit a two-run double to left field. But BU was unable to stretch its lead and wound up stranding five runners in the first four frames, including leaving two in scoring position in the fourth.

JMU seized the lead with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth and kept the pedal to the metal. The Dukes put three more runs up in the fifth, fueled by a two-run bloop triple that got to the wall in left field. Four more hits, including a solo home run, plated the final three runs in the sixth.

Schanz had 2 RBI and no BU player registered more than one hit.
Urbanski (L, 0-1) gave up six runs in 5.0 innings. He allowed seven hits, though six were singles, and struck out four.

The teams conclude their four-game set with a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)

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