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Sophomore pitcher Jack Rogalla fired five scoreless innings and Binghamton baseball (2-2) rolled to a 5-1 win over James Madison in the opening game of a doubleheader Feb. 23 from Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park in Harrisonburg, Va. The host Dukes (2-5) then broke out the bats in the nightcap and gained the split with a 14-1 win.
In the opener, Rogalla scattered four hits in five shutout innings and senior first baseman Jordon Smucker belted a three-run home run to pace the offense. Rogalla (1-0) struck out four and walked one in his first outing of the spring. Smucker gave him all the runs he needed when he sent the first pitch he saw over the right field fence with two on and one out in the fourth inning. Sophomore left fielder Jake Thomas opened the inning with a walk and with one out, junior second baseman Daniel Nevares singled, setting up Smucker’s big blow - his second round-tripper in the first three games of the season.
The Bearcats tacked on two more runs in the seventh inning when the first three hitters reached on JMU infield errors. Thomas drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run and junior third baseman Brian Ruby plated the other run with a sacrifice fly to right field.
James Madison got on the board thanks to a triple, two hit batters and a double-play grounder in the final frame.
Sophomore reliever Greg Ostner pitched the final two innings and allowed just two hits to pick up the save.
The Bearcats outhit JMU 9-6.
Senior DH Bijan Mangouri went 3-for-3 and Nevares went 2-for-4.
In game 2, the Dukes collected 16 hits off five Binghamton pitchers and used a pair of three-run home runs in the third inning to break the game open. James Madison began its offensive barrage with four runs in the first inning, capitalizing on three walks and three singles. The Dukes then put together eight hits in the third to stretch their lead to double-digits.
The Bearcats were limited to three hits but scratched out a run in the fourth inning when Smucker hit a two-run single and Mangouri followed with an RBI double. But Binghamton was held without a hit over the final six innings.
Freshman Jake Cryts had the most success of the Bearcat pitchers, going two scoreless innings. Cryts struck out three, walked one and allowed just one hit.
For the series, Nevares went 8-for-16 (.500) and Thomas went 4-for-11 (.364). Smucker drove in six runs with a pair of homers.