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Baseball loses to Maine, 5-1, ends season
Lynch gives up just two runs in 7.0 innings but missed offensive chances costly
May 25, 2012Tweet
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STONY BROOK, N.Y.—Binghamton baseball put its leadoff runner on base in five consecutive innings but mustered just one run and saw its season end with a 5-1 loss to Maine Friday afternoon from Joe Nathan Field.
The fourth-seeded Black Bears (28-27) nursed a 2-1 lead for four innings before tacking on three runs in the eighth and eliminating the third-seeded Bearcats (23-26).
Maine, which held a 9-7 margin in hits, scored once in each of the first two innings to take an early 2-0 lead. Both run-scoring hits were with two outs.
Freshman left fielder Scott Hagan got BU on the board with a leadoff home run in the third inning - his first career round-tripper. After a 24-minute rain delay in the third inning, the game resumed and the Bearcats kept putting pressure on Maine’s defense. In the fourth inning, sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz led off with a walk and appeared to be safe at third after a single up the middle from senior first baseman Dave Ciocchi. But the call was out and BU wound up stranding two runners in that frame.
In the fifth, a line-out double play spoiled another scoring opportunity after junior catcher Mike Danaher opened with a walk.
In the sixth, Bereszniewicz opened with a single and after a strikeout on a failed two-strike bunt attempt, Ciocchi ripped a single through the right side. This time, Bereszniewicz made it to third, giving the Bearcats runners on first and third with just one out. But a strikeout and force out kept the score at 2-1. Even more tantalizing was the scenario in the sixth when BU put runners on first and second with no outs before a strikeout and double play grounder squashed the rally.
In the eighth, Maine strung together three singles against first-team all-conference closer Lee Sosa. Two sacrifice flies later, the Black Bears had boosted their lead to 5-1.
The Bearcats went down 1-2-3 in the eighth and then put two runners on in the ninth before Maine turned its third double play of the game - a 4-6-3 killer to end the contest and BU’s season.
Junior right-hander Jay Lynch went 7.0 solid innings, allowing six hits and two runs. Lynch (2-5) struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.
Ciocchi and sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares each went 2-for-4.
Senior Mike Augliera and Lynch were named to the All-Championship team. Augliera fired a complete-game one-hitter in BU’s 2-1 tournament-opening win over Albany. Lynch allowed just two runs in 7.0 innings in the loss to Maine.
Binghamton finished the 2012 season with both a third-place regular season finish and a third-place showing at the America East Championship. In his 20th season at the helm, head coach Tim Sinicki put out a starting lineup that included four freshmen and seven (out of nine) underclassmen. The only field position starter not returning for the 2013 season is Ciocchi, who will graduate No. 2 in career hits (245) and RBI (162).