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Baseball beats NC A&T 10-4 in opener
Smucker drills 3-run homer, Lambert improves to 2-0 on hill
March 8, 2013Tweet
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GREENSBORO, N.C.—Senior first baseman Jordon Smucker hit a three-run home run and Binghamton baseball (5-4) plated five runs in the first two innings en route to a 10-4 win over host North Carolina A&T (4-8) Friday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium. The game was the first of a four-game set between the two teams, who will continue the series with a doubleheader Saturday and a single game on Sunday with 1 p.m. starts each day.
With the Bearcats up 6-4 in the seventh inning, Smucker drilled his third homer of the spring to bring in three runs and give BU some breathing room. He has 14 RBI in nine games this spring and is hitting .382.
Senior Jake Lambert earned the win with 5.2 innings of work. Lambert (2-0) scattered eight hits and four runs. He struck out five and walked one before giving way to sophomore Mike Kaufman, who notched his first collegiate save with 3.1 scoreless innings. Kaufman got the last out in the sixth inning and closed out the game, allowing only a leadoff single in the ninth. He struck out three and walked one, lowering his season ERA to 1.08 in the process.
Binghamton was quick out of the gate with three runs in the first inning and two more in the second - taking advantage of two Aggie errors in each inning. With two out in the first, sophomore left fielder Jake Thomas was hit by pitch and junior third baseman Brian Ruby followed with a single. Junior second baseman Daniel Nevares then hit a grounder that was misplayed by his NC A&T counterpart and Thomas came around to score on the play. Smucker then hit a ball to short that was booted and both Ruby and Nevares scored.
The Aggies got two runs back on two hits in their half of the first but the Bearcats pushed their lead to 5-2 with a pair of unearned runs in the second.
Nevares then knocked in a run in the fifth inning to make it 6-2. Thomas had reached on a fielder’s choice grounder and after an another infield error with one out, Nevares brought him home with a sharply hit ball to left field.
The hosts tightened the score with two runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth - all coming with two out.
But BU responded in the seventh inning. Ruby and Nevares hit back-to-back singles to open the inning, setting up Smucker’s big blast. Nevares brought home the final run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.
Smucker had the 3 RBI, Nevares went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and Ruby had two hits.
Senior Jay Lynch (0-1, 3.86 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener on Saturday with junior lefty Mike Meleski (0-1) starting the back-half of the doubleheader.