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Baseball drops second straight 5-1 game at VCU

Bearcats surrender three late runs, fall to 0-2 on season

February 25, 2012

Baseball drops second straight 5-1 game at VCU

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RICHMOND, Va.—Host VCU racked up 13 strikeouts and scored three runs in its final two frames to defeat Binghamton 5-1 Saturday afternoon from The Diamond. The Rams opened the series with a 5-1 win over BU on Friday in nearly the same fashion.

VCU snapped a scoreless tie with two runs in the third inning. With one out, the Rams strung together a double, single and double to plate one run and pushed the second run across on a groundout to stake a 2-0 lead.

Binghamton, meanwhile, struggled at the plate, going down in order in each of the first three innings before sophomore shortstop John Howell gave BU its first hit in the fourth. Howell ripped a 1-out single to center but was promptly thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.

Down 2-0, junior starter Jay Lynch allowed the first two hitters to reach in the fifth before giving way to senior reliever Chris Nagorski, who recorded a strikeout, fly ball and groundout to work out of the jam.

Then with the momentum after escaping the trouble in the fifth, sophomore third baseman Joel Stubbs led off with a double but was left stranded after a strikeout and back-to-back groundouts.

The Bearcats cut their deficit in half in the seventh inning when Howell drove a ball to right center for a leadoff double. With one out, senior left fielder Dave Ciocchi delivered an RBI single to right, scoring Howell and making the score 2-1. A subsequent groundout and strikeout left Ciocchi stuck on the bases.

VCU pushed its lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh on the strength of three singles and a throwing error by the pitcher.

Binghamton had a glorious chance to get back in the game in the eighth after Stubbs opened with a single and with one out, freshman DH Brian Ruby reached on a fielding error and sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz coaxed a walk, loading the bases. But back-to-back strikeouts, the final on a 3-2 pitch, squashed the rally.

The Rams then tacked on a pair of runs in their half of the eighth without mustering a hit. Two errors, a wild pitch, walk and groundout added up to two more tallies and the final 5-1 margin.

Lynch went 4 innings and gave up four hits and two runs. He struck out two and walked one. Nagorski was the first of three BU relievers and went 2.1 innings. He allowed a run on three hits, struck out three and didn’t issue a walk.

Howell and Stubbs each went 2-for-4 and Ciocchi’s lone hit drove in BU’s run.

Three VCU pitchers limited BU to five hits.

The teams will conclude the three-game set with a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Six-foot-eight righty Jake Lambert is scheduled to make his Bearcats debut on the hill.

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