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Baseball beats UMass Lowell 7-3 to take series
Nevares continues torrid hitting weekend with 3-for-4, 6 RBI day
May 4, 2014Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y. - On Senior Day, second baseman Daniel Nevares continued his torrid hitting with a 3-for-4, 6-RBI performance to lift Binghamton (19-21, 10-10 America East) to a 7-3 win over visiting UMass Lowell (18-18, 9-8 AE) in the rubber game of a three-game series Sunday afternoon from the Bearcats Sports Complex.
The win was BU’s ninth in its last 11 games and firmed up the team’s top-four playoff position. Binghamton has a three-game cushion with three games remaining.
After a 4-for-5, two-home run, five-RBI showing in Game 1 on Saturday, Nevares went back to work on Sunday, hitting a two-run home run, a three-run triple and an RBI single for his six runs driven in. He finished the weekend with three home runs, six extra-base hits and 11 RBI (1.75 slugging), flirting with hitting for the cycle on both days.
The top three hitters in BU’s lineup went a combined 9-for-13 in the finale. Junior right fielder Zach Blanden (3-for-5) led off the game with a single and senior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz (3-for-4, 3 runs) followed with a single on a perfectly-executed hit-and-run. With Blanden on third, Nevares pulled a single to left field to score the game’s first run. Two batters later, senior first baseman Shaun McGraw hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Bereszniewicz to make it 2-0.
Lowell got single runs in the third and fifth innings to tie it at 2-2 but the Bearcats countered in the bottom of the fifth. Bereszniewicz hit a two-out double to center and with a strong wind blowing to right, Nevares sent an 0-2 pitch up into the jet stream and it carried past the River Hawks’ bullpen for a two-run home run. The opposite-field blast was Nevares’ third of the weekend and fourth of the season.
Binghamton tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the seventh - all courtesy of Nevares. Freshman catcher Eddie Posavec led off with a walk and Blanden followed with an infield single. Bereszniewicz loaded the bases with a textbook bunt single down the third base line. Nevares then sliced an 0-2 pitch into the alley in right center, clearing the bases.
Ostner left a pair of runners stranded with a game-ending strikeout.
The Bearcats have a bye conference weekend upcoming and will head to Boston College for a three-game set against the ACC-member Eagles.