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Baseball loses season opener at VCU 5-1

Augliera allows just one run in six innings; Rams score four runs in final two innings

February 24, 2012


Baseball loses season opener at VCU 5-1

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

RICHMOND, Va.—Host VCU broke open a tight game with four runs in the final two frames to push past Binghamton 5-1 in BU’s season opener Friday night at The Diamond. The Rams (2-4) led 1-0 before plating a run in the seventh inning and two more in the eighth. Four of VCU’s five runs in the game were delivered with two outs.

Two VCU pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts, including 11 from starter Kyle Haynes, who earned the win. Binghamton senior Mike Augliera went six strong innings, allowing just four hits and one run. Augliera (0-1) struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.

After the Bearcats put runners on first and second but couldn’t capitalize in their half of the first inning, the Rams opened the scoring when leadoff hitter Bill Cullen hit the very first pitch from Augliera to the gap for a triple. He scored on an RBI single to give VCU a quick 1-0 lead.

Binghamton missed opportunities to score in the fifth, sixth and seventh frames when they put runners on second with one out. Sophomore third baseman Joel Stubbs hit a one-out double in the fifth but a strikeout and fly out left him there. In the sixth, sophomore shortstop John Howell stroked a double but a subsequent foul pop-up and groundout ended the threat. Junior DH Jordon Smucker ripped a double in the seventh but back-to-back strikeouts doused the rally.

In the bottom of the seventh, VCU scored an unearned run after a two-out RBI double banked off the wall.

The Bearcats got on the board in the eighth inning when freshman left fielder Jake Thomas ripped a single past the second baseman to score sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz, who had reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to second on a groundout.

The Rams broke it open in the eighth inning, however, turning a 2-1 lead into a 5-1 cushion with a pair of two-out hits. A two-out bloop single over short made it 3-1 and then VCU added a two-run double to complete the scoring. Bereszniewicz prevented further damage with an outstanding sprawling catch in right center with runners on the corners.

Binghamton went down on three straight strikeouts in the ninth to end the game.

Thomas had two of BU’s five hits (2-for-4, RBI).

Sophomore Jack Rogalla went the final two innings on the mound, allowing three earned runs on four hits.

In their first action of the spring outside, BU committed two errors.

The teams will also play single games on Saturday and Sunday afternoons with Saturday’s first pitch slated for 1 p.m.

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