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Bearcats lose opener 3-0, win second game 3-1 behind Lambert's seven shutout innings
May 5, 2012Tweet
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STONY BROOK, N.Y.—Junior Jake Lambert pitched seven shutout innings to lift Binghamton (19-19, 10-4 AE) to a 3-1 win and a twinbill split with league-leading and 30th-ranked Stony Brook (35-11, 13-3 AE) Saturday afternoon at Joe Nathan Field. The Bearcats lost the opener 3-0 before Lambert continued his mastery of America East opponents in the nightcap.
Lambert (6-3) allowed just four hits in seven innings and BU plated all three of its runs in the fifth inning. The junior improved to 5-0 in conference play and lowered his ERA against America East foes to a paltry 1.00. He struck out four and walked one before giving way to junior Jay Lynch in the eighth. Lynch worked a scoreless eighth and punctuated it by striking out Seawolves’ clean-up hitter William Carmona.
In the ninth frame, junior closer Lee Sosa pitched himself into and out of trouble to nail down his league-leading ninth save of the season. Sosa gave up a single and double to start the inning and after a sacrifice fly put Stony Brook on the board, a groundout and walk put the tying run on first and brought Carmona, the reigning America East Player of the Year to the plate. Sosa, whose velocity is drawing considerable attention from MLB scouts this spring, struck out Carmona swinging to end the game.
With Lambert cruising, BU struck in the fifth inning. Sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares drove a one-out double to left center and junior catcher Mike Danaher followed with a single up the middle, moving Nevares to third. Sophomore third baseman Joel Stubbs then walked, loading the bases. Freshman right fielder Zach Blanden produced an RBI groundout to put BU on top 1-0. Sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz then ripped a two-out, two-run single through the right side, bumping the margin to 3-0.
Lambert retired the Seawolves in order in the first and second innings and worked around hit batters in the third and fourth to keep one of the nation’s top offenses at bay. After giving up a leadoff double in the fifth, he retired the next three hitters and then left two Seawolves runners stranded in the sixth with a fly ball and groundout to end the frame.
Stony Brook outhit BU 7-6 with Bereszniewicz collecting two of the Bearcats’ hits.
In the opener, Stony Brook scored all three of its runs in the second inning and the Bearcats stranded eight runners in seven innings. Senior ace Mike Augliera (4-6) took the loss after allowing nine hits (all singles) in 7.0 innings. The Seawolves collected four hits in the pivotal second - two that didn’t leave the infield - and made use of a hit batter and sacrifice fly.
The Bearcats put runners on base in five of the seven innings but couldn’t break through against Seawolves’ No. 1 starter Tyler Johnson, who limited BU to six hits - two from senior left fielder Dave Ciocchi.
The teams will conclude the three-game series with a single game Sunday at noon.