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Baseball takes pair from UMBC, moves into third place
Nevares collects five hits, five RBI; BU wins 4-1 and 13-6 over host Retrievers
May 18, 2012Tweet
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BALTIMORE, Md.—Sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares went a combined 5-for-7 with 5 RBI and Binghamton baseball (21-24, 12-9 AE) rapped 24 hits to sweep a doubleheader from host UMBC (10-41, 2-21 AE) 4-1 and 13-6 Friday afternoon from the Baseball Factory Field.
In a wild nightcap, BU trailed 6-2 before scoring 11 runs in the team’s final three innings, highlighted by a six-run outburst in the eighth inning that gave the Bearcats the lead for good. In that pivotal eighth, BU batted around and used six hits to erase the four-run deficit and surge ahead. Senior left fielder Dave Ciocchi and freshman designated hitter Jake Thomas each delivered two-run singles and sophomore first baseman Brian Ruby added an RBI double and Nevares notched an RBI single.
Ahead 9-6, BU took aim again in the ninth inning, plating four more runs and running the team’s hit-count to 18 for the game. Nevares had another key hit - a two-run single - and Ciocchi added another RBI on a sacrifice fly. Binghamton’s pitching staff settled down after allowing six runs in the first five innings. Three relievers shut down UMBC on three hits over the final four innings. Freshman Anthony Grillini (3-1) earned the win with 2.1 scoreless innings.
Ruby went 4-for-5 with two runs and three RBI. He had an RBI double in the first inning and a run-scoring single in the third and in the process, raised his team-best season average to .392. Nevares went 3-for-5 with three RBI and both Ciocchi and Thomas drove in three runs apiece. Sophomore shortstop John Howell went 2-for-3 with four runs scored and sophomore third baseman Joel Stubbs went 3-for-5 with a run scored.
In the opener, senior Mike Augliera notched his fifth win of the season with five strong innings. Augliera (5-7, 3.42 ERA) allowed three hits (two singles, double) and a run in the third inning but recorded seven strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter. He leads the entire nation in strikeout-to-walk ratio (76 strikeouts, 6 walks). Sophomore Jack Rogalla pitched the final two scoreless innings to record his first collegiate save.
Binghamton jumped ahead 2-0 when Nevares stroked a two-out, two-run double in the first inning. After UMBC got one back in the third, BU struck for two in the fourth on a two-out, two-run double by freshman right fielder Zach Blanden.
Nevares went 2-for-2 with two RBI and BU outhit UMBC 6-4.
Thomas returned after a horrific jaw injury cost him three weeks of action and responded with two hits and three RBI in the pair of games.
The pair of wins, combined with Stony Brook’s sweep of Maine, pushed the Bearcats ahead of the Black Bears and into third place entering the final day of the regular season. Stony Brook (19-3) has already clinched the regular-season title and host role for the upcoming America East Championship. Albany (15-8) has locked up second place, followed by BU (12-9) and Maine (11-9). The Black Bears play two more against Stony Brook on Saturday, while BU finishes up with a single game at UMBC starting at noon. Binghamton wins the tiebreak over Maine by virtue of its season sweep so a Bearcats win or Black Bears loss gives Binghamton the No. 3 position.
Junior Jay Lynch (2-4, 6.13) gets the ball for Saturday’s game.