HARRISONBURG, Va. -- James Madison (2-1) took the opener 8-7 with a run in its final at-bat and completed a doubleheader sweep of visiting Binghamton (1-2) with a 3-1 win in the nightcap, Sunday afternoon from Long Field/Mauck Stadium.
One day after two BU pitchers blanked JMU, runs were plentiful for the host Dukes, who quickly erased a 2-0 deficit with seven runs in the first three innings of game 1. The Bearcats rallied to tie the game with five runs in the fourth inning, but JMU struck with two out in the bottom of the seventh to win 8-7. The Dukes delivered a double and a single to plate the winning run.
Junior shortstop Kyle Klee (Rochester, N.Y.) went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI and senior center fielder Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) added a two-run double in that five-run fourth frame. After tying the game at 7-7, BU had a golden chance to plate the go-ahead run in the seventh inning. Klee led off with a double and was sacrificed to third. But the Bearcats' next two batters struck out looking to end the threat.
The top four BU hitters in the lineup went a combined 8-for-14 but the rest of the lineup struggled through a 2-for-16 performance.
In game 2, sophomore starter Murphy Smith (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) pitched five solid innings of two-hit ball, but was the tough-luck loser. Smith struck out five, walked one and allowed just one run on two singles in the third inning.
Down 2-0, BU scored a run in the top of the seventh and had two men on before a line-out to center field cut the rally short. After JMU made it 3-1 with a run in the bottom of the frame, BU threatened again in the ninth inning, putting two men on base. But Dukes' closer Trevor Knight ended the game with a strikeout - his third of the inning.
Klee went 2-for-4 with a run scored and junior third baseman Ken Jacobi (Milford, Conn.) went 2-for-2 with an RBI single. Jacobi hit a team-best .800 (4-for-5) in the three-game series.
Binghamton next plays a three-game series at VMI next Friday and Saturday.
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