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Baseball strands 19, loses twinbill at Albany 9-7 and 8-6
Bearcats slip into fourth place but clinch America East tournament berth
May 11, 2012Tweet
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ALBANY, N.Y.—Binghamton surrendered 17 runs on 29 hits and suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of host Albany, 9-7 and 8-6 on Saturday at Varsity Field.
The Bearcats (19-22, 10-7 AE) entered the day with a 3.17 ERA in conference play but its pitching staff was roughed up by the Great Danes (18-29-1, 12-7 AE), who leapfrogged over BU and into third place in the America East standings. Binghamton slipped to fourth but still clinched the program’s sixth straight playoff berth with Hartford losing twice.
In the opener, BU ace Mike Augliera endured a rare off-performance, lasting just 4.1 innings and giving up nine runs on 13 hits. It was just the second time this season that he didn’t get through at least six innings. The Great Danes outhit BU 15-8 and scored in four of the first five innings to take control. Trailing 9-2, the Bearcats battled back with three runs in the fifth and one in each of the sixth and seventh innings. But Binghamton left two runners on base in the sixth and stranded two more in the seventh - the tying runs - to end the game.
Senior left fielder Dave Ciocchi belted a two-out, three-run home run in the fifth inning to start the rally. Freshman designated hitter Zach Blanden contributed an RBI single in the sixth and junior catcher Mike Danaher added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Ciocchi drove in four for the game. Freshman third baseman Brian Ruby went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, Danaher drove in two runs and Blanden went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
In game 2, Albany kept its offense rolling with eight runs on 14 hits. The Great Danes scored in six of the nine innings and built a 4-1 lead after five and a half innings. The Bearcats briefly took the lead with a four-run sixth before Albany countered with two in the seventh and one in the eighth to reclaim the lead for good.
Junior starter Jake Lambert, who had only allowed two earned runs in his last 31 innings, gave up four runs in 6.0 innings. Freshman reliever Anthony Grillini pitched two innings took the loss.
The Bearcats left 12 stranded in the game and were outhit 14-11. Hitting last because the series was supposed to be played at Binghamton, BU had the tying runs on base in the ninth before a fielder’s choice grounder and infield pop-out ended the game.
Sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Ruby went 2-for-5 with an RBI, Ciocchi added his fifth RBI of the afternoon and freshman right fielder Scott Hagan went 2-for-4 with a run.
The teams complete their four-game series with a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.