Logan McRae (Florence, S.C.) drove in a run with a 2-for-5 effort, and Nathan Ocker (Middletown, Pa.) struck out six in seven innings, as the College of Charleston baseball team fell to James Madison, 6-5, in a 12-inning Colonial Athletic Association match-up on Friday evening.
James Madison (17-11, 3-4 CAA) plated six runs on 14 hits and stranded six men on base, while the College of Charleston (14-16, 5-2 CAA) tallied five runs on seven base knocks – including two doubles – and left seven. McRae paced the Cougar offense with two hits, as he, Dupree Hart (Rock Hill, S.C.), Bradley Dixon (Greenwood, S.C.), and Riley Knudsen (Cabot, Ark.) each drove in a run.
Ocker got the start and went seven innings, allowing four runs while scattering nine hits and striking out six. Carter Love (Charlotte, N.C.) surrendered one run in two innings of work, while Tucker White (Sterling, Okla.) struck out four and allowed one run in two frames.
Ky Parrott plated two runs to lead the way for James Madison, while five Dukes recorded multi-hit games. Brandon Withers surrendered four earned runs on five hits in six and one-third innings, as Matt Colon, Michael Evans, and Kevin Kelly combined for five and two-third scoreless frames of relief.
The Dukes drew first blood in the second inning, when Josh Wyatt led off with a single and J Hamner drove him with a sacrifice fly two batters later to give JMU an early 1-0 lead. The Cougars would answer with a three-run fourth to claim a 3-1 advantage. After Hart led off with a walk, McRae and Dixon recorded matching RBI doubles before Knudsen plated Dixon with a single up the middle.
James Madison countered with a run in the home half, as Adam Sisk started the inning with a double and came across on a sac bunt by Fox Semones to cut the lead to 3-2. The Dukes reclaimed the advantage in the fifth on a two-run homer by Parrott, before a wild pitch in the top of the sixth allowed Tommy Richter (Wayne, Pa.) to come home and knot the score at 4-4.
After Charleston took a 5-4 advantage on a fielder’s choice by Hart in the seventh, the Dukes countered with a Wyatt RBI single in the eighth to send the game to extra innings. The Cougars’ best scoring effort in the added frames came in the 11th, when they stranded men on first and second following a walk to Dixon and a pinch-hit single by Danny Wondrack (Wall, N.J.).
The Dukes grabbed the walk-off win in the 12th, when Mike Sciorra led off the inning with a home run to right to give James Madison the 6-5 victory.
The Cougars and Dukes will take the field for game two of the weekend series on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 pm.