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Baseball loses at Siena 2-1 to start busy week
Saints score winning run with two out in bottom of ninth
April 2, 2012Tweet
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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.—Host Siena (5-20) made the most of its four hits and delivered a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to slip past Binghamton 2-1 Monday afternoon from Saints Field. The Bearcats (8-11) collected seven hits but left seven stranded in the middle innings. Three errors and four walks contributed to the team’s third one-run defeat in its last six games.
Binghamton snapped a scoreless tie with a run in the seventh - on a two-out RBI single up the middle from sophomore shortstop John Howell. Sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz reached base on a fielder’s choice grounder and stole second with two outs. Howell’s shot up the middle scored Bereszniewicz to give the Bearcats a 1-0 lead.
But Siena tied it in the bottom of the frame, taking advantage of a fielding error which put the leadoff runner on first. After a sacrifice bunt and groundout moved the runner to third, Siena delivered its own two-out RBI single up the middle to even the score at 1-1.
The Bearcats averted trouble in the eighth when a leadoff walk was erased on a 2-6-3-4 caught stealing. A strikeout and fly out ended the inning. But after BU went down 1-2-3 in both the eighth and ninth innings, the Saints put their leadoff runner on first to start the ninth with another leadoff walk - and this time it came back to bite the Bearcats. A sacrifice bunt and intentional walk put runners on first and second with one out. Freshman reliever Mike Urbanski induced a fly ball to left for the second out, but after a hit batter loaded the bases, Siena No. 9 hitter Tyler Bell stroked a single to left center to bring home the winning run.
Binghamton missed good opportunities to score in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, stranding seven runners in those four frames, including two in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Five BU pitchers rotated in as head coach Tim Sinicki worked his staff carefully to start a five-game week that ends with a three-game conference-opening set at Stony Brook on the weekend. Freshmen Mike Kaufman and Anthony Grillini pitched two scoreless innings apiece and senior Chris Nagorski followed with a scoreless fifth. Freshman Greg Ostner went two innings, allowing only one hit and the unearned run in the seventh. Urbanski, who came in with a sparkling 1.80 ERA, was hit with the loss.
Howell went 2-for-4 with his eighth RBI of the season. Junior catcher Mike Danaher went 2-for-4.
Binghamton returns to the road on Wednesday with a trip to University Park, Pa. to face Big Ten member Penn State at 6 p.m. The Nittany Lions (8-18) beat No. 19 Purdue 16-6 on Sunday.