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Augliera pitches Baseball past St. Joseph’s 7-0
Senior fires complete-game three-hitter with 11 strikeouts; Ciocchi, Smucker drive in two apiece
March 16, 2012Tweet
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MERION STATION, Pa.—Senior ace Mike Augliera fired a complete-game three-hit shutout and Binghamton broke into the win column with a 7-0 win over host St. Joseph’s Friday afternoon from the Maguire Campus. Augliera shut down the Hawks with 11 strikeouts (and no walks) and BU scored twice in the fourth inning and added five insurance runs in the ninth.
Senior first baseman Dave Ciocchi went 4-for-5 with two RBI and junior designated hitter Jordon Smucker went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Bearcats, who totalled 13 hits on the afternoon.
St. Joseph’s put together two singles in the opening frame against Augliera, but the righthander stranded runners on second and third with a strikeout (looking) to end the inning. He then struck out the side in the second and set down the Hawks in order in the third, fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth innings, allowing only a sixth-inning single the rest of the way.
In the fourth frame, BU got its offense going. With one out, Ciocchi singled and after a second out, stole second. Sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares walked and Smucker followed with a two-run triple to center field, giving BU the 2-0 lead.
Augliera continued to mow down the Hawks, allowing a lead-off runner in the seventh after a fielding error, only to erase him with a ground ball double play ball to short.
In the ninth, Binghamton strung together five hits and scored five runs to break the game open. Sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz brought in a run with a sacrifice fly, sophomore shortstop John Howell delivered an RBI single and Ciocchi stroked a two-run double to right field. He came around to score an unearned run for the final margin.
Augliera retired St. Joseph’s in three groundouts in the ninth to close out the win. In 21 innings early this spring, Augliera has struck out 20, walked just one and owns a 1.29 ERA.
Binghamton continues play in the Philadelphia Big 5 Bash with a game at Villanova Saturday. First pitch is set for 1:15 p.m. and BU will send junior righty Jay Lynch to the hill. The Bearcats conclude the weekend set with a game at Temple at noon on Sunday.