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Mancini goes deep twice, Smith and Burke pitch shutout and James Madison advanced to the Raleigh final

RALEIGH, N.C. – Mike Mancini hit two solo home runs, Casey Smith and Donovan Burke combined for a five-hit shutout and James Madison defeated South Carolina 2-0 on Sunday to reach the championship round of the Raleigh Regional.

James Madison (36-24) won the elimination game and will face regional host North Carolina State later on Sunday. NC State needs one win to advance to the super regionals, while James Madison will need to beat the Wolfpack again on Sunday and Monday to advance.

Mancini’s home run in the bottom of the first inning was the only run of the game until he did so again in the eighth. He and Jason Schiavone each had two goals of the five total for the Knights. Kyle Langley doubled for the other hit.

Smith, who threw 43 innings this season, started on the mound for JMU and threw 2 1/3 innings with two hits, a strikeout and two walks. Burke (7-2), with more than 100 innings pitched, pitched the final 6 2/3, allowing three hits, striking out seven and walking two.

Austin Brinling scored two goals for South Carolina (37-25).

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