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Baseball outslugs Villanova 13-10 for second straight win

Smucker drives in four, Howell goes 4-for-5 to pace offense

March 17, 2012

Baseball outslugs Villanova 13-10 for second straight win

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PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa.—Junior first baseman Jordon Smucker drove in four runs and sophomore shortstop John Howell went 4-for-5 to pace Binghamton baseball (2-6) to a 13-10 win over host Villanova Saturday afternoon from the Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. The Bearcats racked up 16 hits and built a 13-4 lead after six innings before the Wildcats (12-7) created some late drama with six runs in the final three frames.

Binghamton jumped on Villanova’s No. 1 pitcher for six runs in the first inning to take command. The Bearcats added two more runs in the second, one in the fourth and four in the seventh to stake out a 13-4 cushion. The Wildcats plated four runs in the seventh, two more in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate with two out in the ninth before junior closer Lee Sosa nailed down the win with a strikeout on a 2-2 pitch - his second strikeout of the inning.

Junior starter Jay Lynch (1-2) earned the win with six solid innings. Lynch scattered nine hits and three earned runs, struck out seven and walked just one.

The Bearcats scored six runs on four hits in the first with senior designated hitter Dave Ciocchi (single), sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares (walk) and Smucker (sac fly) driving in runs. Howell started the onslaught with a 1-out single and five straight BU hitters reached base - two by walk. Sophomore third baseman Joel Stubbs stroked a two-run single up the middle and second-year center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz added an RBI single.

In the second, Smucker drilled a two-out, two-run triple to right center that scored freshman catcher Jake Thomas and Ciocchi, who hit back-to-back singles to open the inning.

In the fourth, freshman right fielder Zach Blanden stroked an RBI single to score Stubbs, who had doubled to left with two out.

Binghamton broke it open in the seventh inning, bringing four runs across on four hits. Ciocchi and Howell had RBI singles and Smucker knocked in his fourth run with a sacrifice fly.

Blanden, hitting a team-high .412 this spring, went 3-for-3 with a stolen base and RBI and Stubbs went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Howell also had a stolen base to go with his team-high four hits.

The Bearcats finish up their weekend of games at the Big 5 Baseball Bash with a doubleheader at Temple on Sunday beginning at noon.

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