Release: February 23, 2008
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Binghamton scored four runs in the first inning and made the lead stand in a 4-0 win over host James Madison in the season-opener for both teams Saturday afternoon from Long Field/Mauck Stadium.
The Bearcats plated four runs on two hits in the first frame, and that was more than enough as senior starter Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) and left-handed reliever Gio Yannuzzi (Binghamton, N.Y.) combined for a six-hit shutout. Groh allowed three hits in five innings to earn the win. He struck out three and walked three. Yannuzzi earned the save with four shutout innings. He struck out two, walked one and allowed just three hits.
In the first inning, senior third baseman Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) and sophomore second baseman Jeff Abrams (Rochester, N.Y.), BU's first two batters, reached base after being hit by pitches. Sophomore left fielder Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) delivered an RBI double to score James with the game's first run. Junior shortstop Kyle Klee (Rochester, N.Y.) followed with an RBI single to plate Abrams. Two more BU runs scored in an infield error and a double-play groundout.
Groh allowed a first-inning single, a double in the fourth inning and a triple in the fifth. James Madison put two runners on in the fifth before Groh induced an inning-ending groundout on his final pitch of the game.
Yannuzzi worked out of a two-on, 1-out jam in the seventh with back-to-back fly balls. He then allowed two singles in the eighth before the Bearcats turned their second double play of the game to end the threat. Yannuzzi closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Junior designated hitter Ken Jacobi (Milford, Conn.) collected two of BU's six hits.
The Bearcats had to replace six position starters from last spring's 28-win, record-setting team. Head coach Tim Sinicki's opening lineup featured five underclassmen and just two players who started the America East championship game last May (James and Charron).
The two teams will play a twinbill on Sunday - a seven-inning game followed by a nine-inning affair beginning at 11 a.m.
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