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Baseball drops doubleheader at Albany 5-2 and 5-4

Bearcats and Danes will close out regular season with single game on Sunday

May 14, 2014

Baseball drops doubleheader at Albany 5-2 and 5-4

Senior second baseman Daniel Nevares

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ALBANY, N.Y. - Binghamton baseball (20-24, 10-12 America East) put the tying run on base in its final at-bat of each game but came up short in a pair of losses at Albany (12-32, 7-16 AE) Saturday afternoon. The Great Danes won 5-2 and 5-4.

The Bearcats, who had already clinched the program’s eighth straight postseason berth, will play for the chance at earning the No. 3 seed on Sunday. A BU win and Maine loss to UMBC would give Binghamton the slot. Otherwise, BU will carry the No. 4 seed into next week’s conference championship at Lowell, where BU is the defending champion.

In Saturday’s opener, Albany outhit BU 10-6 - using nine singles and a double to plate five runs. Down 5-1, the Bearcats scored one run in the ninth inning and loaded the bases, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate before a grounder to third ended the game.

The Great Danes snapped a scoreless tie with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Albany received three two-out RBI singles to break through against junior starter Jack Rogalla (L, 5-7), who went 4.0 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits. Classmate Greg Ostner went a strong 4.0 scoreless innings in relief. Ostner limited the Danes to three hits.

Six Bearcats had one hit apiece and senior first baseman Shaun McGraw notched the lone RBI with a run-scoring single in the ninth. Back in the fourth inning, senior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz hit a one-out double and came around to score BU’s first run on a throwing error by the Albany third baseman.

In Game 2, Albany got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and tacked on three more in the bottom of the fifth after BU had put one up in the top of the frame. Down to their final at-bat in the seventh, BU scored three runs and had the tying run on first base before a groundout sealed their fate.

In that seventh inning, senior second baseman Daniel Nevares hit a two-out, two-run single to pull BU within one, 5-4. Earlier, Bereszniewicz brought home a run with an RBI groundout. He had produced an RBI single back in the fifth inning.

Junior right fielder Zach Blanden went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Sophomore Jake Cryts (L, 4-5) went 4.0 innings and allowed two runs on three hits. Freshman Jextin Pugh went the final 2.0 innings and gave up three runs on three hits.

Binghamton outhit Albany 8-6.

The teams finish out the series with a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.


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