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Baseball drops finale at Hartford 4-3

Bearcats held to three hits with 15 strikeouts

March 30, 2013


Baseball drops finale at Hartford 4-3

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—Binghamton baseball (14-9, 5-4 AE) was limited to three hits and struck out a season-high 15 times in a 4-3 loss to Hartford Saturday afternoon at Fiondella Field. With Friday’s twinbill sweep, however, BU captured the series from the host Hawks.

Binghamton opened the scoring with a run in the first inning. Junior shortstop John Howell walked with one out, stole second and advanced to third on the ensuing throwing error by the Hawks’ catcher. Sophomore left fielder Jake Thomas brought in Howell with a sacrifice fly to center field.

But Hartford countered with two runs in the second. Two singles with a walk sandwiched in-between brought in the tying run and then a sacrifice fly made it 2-1.

In the fourth, Hartford added two more unearned runs on two hits and a pair of BU errors. A bunt to the pitcher resulted in a throwing error and leadoff baserunner. After a single put two runners on, a two-out grounder turned into an infield throwing error and both runners came around to score and make it 4-1 in favor of the Hawks.

The Bearcats got two runs back in the top of the eighth. Sophomore outfielder Zach Blanden hit a two-out double and after Howell walked, Thomas stroked an RBI single to center field, scoring Blanden. Junior third baseman Brian Ruby was hit by pitch to load the bases and then Howell was awarded home on a balk call, making it 4-3. Still with two runners in scoring position, BU missed a chance to tie the game with an inning-ending groundout. The Bearcats were sent down 1-2-3 in the ninth, including the final two on the team’s 14th and 15th strikeouts of the afternoon.

Thomas drove in a pair to pace the limited offense.

Senior starter Jay Lynch went 6.0 innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits. Lynch struck out six and walked two. Sophomore Mike Urbanski tossed two innings of hitless relief.

Binghamton is scheduled to host Siena in its home opener at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

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