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Baseball splits twinbill at Hartford to start series
Bearcats fall in opener 4-2, win game two 7-3; Sunday's DH at noon
April 28, 2012Tweet
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WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—Sophomore third baseman Joel Stubbs belted a three-run home run and junior Jake Lambert allowed just three hits and one earned run in eight innings to help Binghamton baseball (16-18, 7-3 AE) post a 7-3 win and salvage a split with host Hartford (10-32, 2-10 AE) Saturday afternoon at Fiondella Field. The Hawks overcame 14 strikeouts to win the opener 4-2.
In the nightcap, Stubbs got the Bearcats on the board with a two-out, three-run blast in the second inning. Senior left fielder Dave Ciocchi led off with a double and junior first baseman Jordon Smucker walked. After a fly out and strikeout, Stubbs launched his first home run of the season over the right field wall, giving BU a 3-0 cushion.
But the Hawks tied the score in the bottom of the frame with thee runs off just two hits. Hartford took advantage of an infield error, groundout and wild pitch to plate two unearned runs.
The Bearcats snapped the 3-3 tie with three runs in the sixth inning. With one out, junior catcher Mike Danaher hit an RBI double that scored sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz, who had walked to open the inning. With two out, a hit batter and walk loaded the bases and Danaher scampered home on a wild pitch and sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares stroked an RBI single to make it 6-3.
Binghamton added a final run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly to center by sophomore shortstop John Howell.
Lambert (5-3) was in command all afternoon. He retired the side in order in the first, third, fourth, fifth and eighth innings and worked himself out of a jam in the seventh by starting an inning-ending double play on a pop-up. Lambert struck out four and walked one. Junior closer Lee Sosa worked the ninth inning.
Stubbs collected three RBI on the home run, Nevares went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI and Ciocchi went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
In the opener, senior ace Mike Augliera fanned a season-high 14 but absorbed the loss. Augliera (4-5) struck out three in the first but surrendered two runs on three singles to fall behind. The Bearcats evened the score with two in the fifth but Hartford scored two unearned runs in the sixth inning for the deciding margin.
With one out in the fifth, Nevares and Danaher worked back-to-back walks and freshman right fielder Zach Blanden stroked an RBI single to make it 2-1. On a fielder’s choice grounder by Bereszniewicz, the Hawks shortstop committed an error that brought Danaher in with the tying run.
But in the sixth, a one-out double put the go-ahead run in scoring position against Augliera. After a strikeout, Hartford was the recipient of an infield error that brought the runner in from second and opened the door for an ensuing RBI double that gave the Hawks the 4-2 final margin.
Augliera, who ranks second in the entire nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio, improved that ratio with his 14 strikeouts and just one walk. He has 64 strikeouts against just five walks this spring. Augliera fanned three in the first, two in the second, three in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth for his second-highest total of his career (15 vs. UMBC last May 7). He threw 95 pitchers and 70 were strikes.
The Bearcats were outhit 6-3 and stranded six in the seven-inning game. The team’s first six hitters in the lineup went a combined 1-for-16. Sophomore third baseman Brian Ruby saw his 11-game hit streak come to an end.
Blanden went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
The teams finish up the four-game set with a twinbill on Sunday beginning at noon.