Feb. 24, 2007

TAMPA, Fla. – James Madison University came back with a 7-2 win in the second game of a doubleheader after dropping the opener to Seton Hall University 13-9 in the second day of the Buckeye Classic on Saturday at the New York Yankees Player Development Complex.

JMU is now 1-2 for the 2007 season. SHU is 1-5.

In the opening game, junior Dan McDonald (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Hills) limited the Dukes to one hit and no runs over the last seven outs to earn the victory in relief for Seton Hall. Freshman Dustin Crouch (Amherst, Va./Amherst) took the loss, allowing the four winning runs in the ninth.

Seton Hall, which hit just 28 home runs in 2006, smacked three long balls in the first game. Senior John Walsh (Jersey City, N.J./Hudson Catholic) was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Sophomore right fielder Greg Miller (Shamong, N.J./Hammonton) was 3-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs, and a home run. McDonald went 2-for-4 with a double, three runs, and two RBIs. Junior Dan Lopez (Weehawken, N.J./Weehawken) was 3-for-5 and scored three times while sophomore Tim McCann (Monasquan, N.J./St. Rose) added a two-run homer.

Sophomore catcher Brett Garner (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock) and freshman second baseman Mike Fabiaschi (Torrington, Conn./Torrington) each had three hits for JMU. Fabiaschi drove in three. Senior short stop Davis Stoneburner (Richmond, Va./Mills Godwin) was 2-for-4 with three driven in while junior Kellen Kulbacki (Palmyra, Pa./Hershey) was 2-for-5 with a double.

In the second game, freshman Kyle Hoffman (Reading, Pa./Twin Valley) worked out of a bases loaded, one out jam in the bottom of the fifth and the Dukes added four runs in the top of the sixth in a 7-2 victory that was called by darkness with two out in the top of the sixth.

Hoffman earned his first collegiate victory with six hits allowed in five innings while striking out six. Freshman Sean Black (Mt. Laurel, N.J./Lenape) surrendered three runs and seven hits in four innings to take the loss. He struck out five in dropping to 0-2 in 2007. The top three hitters in the lineup accounted for eight of JMU’s 13 hits. Stoneburner led off the game with a solo home run and finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Fabiaschi made it six hits for the day, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs scored, three RBIs, and a stolen base. Kulbacki had two hits, including a double, stole a base, and drove in a run. Freshman Alex Foltz (Mathias, W.Va./East Hardy) had two hits, scored twice, and stole a base.

Miller was the lone Pirate with two hits, collecting a double while driving in one and scoring one.

Both teams will close the Buckeye Classic on Sunday. JMU will battle Kansas State (6-1) at 1 p.m., while Seton Hall will face host Ohio State (1-2).