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Baseball drops pair of 4-2 games to UMass Lowell
Final game of series postponed on Sunday amid frigid temperatures
March 14, 2014Tweet
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KINGSTON, R.I. - Reigning America East champion Binghamton baseball (4-11, 0-2 AE) got off to a sluggish start in conference play, dropping a pair to newcomer UMass Lowell Saturday afternoon at Rhode Island’s Bill Beck Field. The River Hawks (8-2, 2-0 AE) won both games by a 4-2 score. The final game of the series was postponed on Sunday due to frigid temperatures.
Playing on the same field where the 2013 team captured the America East title, the Bearcats surrendered 11 hits in the opener and then committed two errors that led to three unearned runs in the seven-inning nightcap. Binghamton brought the tying run to the plate in its final at-bat of each game but couldn’t produce the key hit.
In the opener, junior Jack Rogalla struck out 10 and scattered seven hits and two runs over 6.0 innings but the River Hawks plated two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Rogalla (L, 2-2, 2.32 ERA) walked a pair before giving way to BU’s bullpen, which gave up the final two runs.
Binghamton took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when junior catcher Nick Pancerella drew a bases-loaded walk. But BU missed a chance to extend its lead when an inning-ending double play stranded two.
Lowell took the lead with two runs on four hits in the sixth. Four singles, including a two-out, two-run base hit, gave the River Hawks the edge. One inning later, Lowell struck for two more runs on three hits, a walk and passed ball.
The Bearcats got one back in the eighth when Pancerella delivered a two-out RBI double to left field but he was left stranded at second after a groundout. In the ninth, junior right fielder Zach Blanden singled to lead off, bringing the tying run to the plate. But three straight fly-outs ended the game.
Blanden went 3-for-5, Bereszniewicz went 2-for-5 and Pancerella drove in both runs.
In game 2, sophomore Jake Cryts allowed just one earned run in 6.0 innings but two BU errors aided Lowell, which held a 5-4 edge in hits.
Binghamton struck first with a single run in the second inning. Junior left fielder Jake Thomas led off with a double to right field. Three hitters later, senior DH Shaun McGraw produced an RBI single to give BU a 1-0 lead. But the River Hawks countered with two in their half of the frame, thanks to two hits, a walk and an infield error. Lowell pushed its lead to 3-1 with another unearned run in the third inning. A single, infield error and RBI groundout did the damage.
Down 4-1, BU scored a run in the top of the seventh. Sophomore third baseman Reed Gamache was hit by a pitch to start the inning and McGraw drilled a one-out double to right field. With runners on second and third and one out, senior shortstop John Howell brought one in with a groundout. But an infield pop-up ended the threat and the game.
McGraw went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Cryts (1-3, 5.40) went the distance and was saddled with the loss.