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Baseball splits doubleheader at UMBC
Bearcats win 17-11 in high-scoring extra-inning opener but fall 2-0 in nightcap
March 17, 2013Tweet
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BALTIMORE, Md.—Binghamton baseball (9-6, 1-2 AE) scored 17 runs in the opener but was blanked in the nightcap and had to settle for a twinbill split with host UMBC (4-6, 2-1 AE) Sunday afternoon from Alumni Field. The Bearcats won 17-11 in the initial nine-inning game but couldn’t muster a run in a 2-0 game 2 loss. The opening game was a seven-inning game that went to extra innings, thus changing the nightcap to a seven-inning contest.
In a wild opener that featured 35 hits, 28 runs and five lead changes, the Bearcats scored six runs in the ninth inning to pull out the win. The game was schedule for seven innings and BU led 11-8 in the final frame before the Retrievers forced extra innings with three runs in their final at-bat, thanks to three straight doubles.
But the Bearcats righted themselves in the ninth, thanks to four consecutive hits. Junior shortstop John Howell delivered the go-ahead bases loaded sacrifice fly and sophomore left fielder Jake Thomas followed with a three-run home run to right field. Later in the inning, senior first baseman Smucker delivered a two-run single to complete the scoring.
Sophomore reliever Anthony Grillini (1-0) got the win with two scoreless innings of work. Grillini allowed three hits before locking up the win with a game-ending double play. Junior Mike Meleski also had a notable performance. Meleski pitched 4.1 innings in relief of starter Jack Rogalla and allowed just one earned run. He scattered five hits, struck out six and walked one.
Howell led the offensive barrage with a 4-for-5, three-RBI showing. Sophomore right fielder Zach Blanden went 3-for-4 with three RBI, four runs scored and two stolen bases. Thomas went 3-for-5 with his first home run of the season and the accompanying three RBI. Smucker also drove in three, padding his conference-best RBI total. Junior second baseman Daniel Nevares went 2-for-5 with two RBI and junior designated hitter Shaun McGraw added two hits and an RBI.
Blanded started the game with a leadoff home run and BU plated three in the first to take the early lead. But UMBC scored eight runs in the second inning to chase Rogalla. The Retrievers put together seven hits - including four straight - after two outs when an infield throwing error led to the barrage of unearned runs.
The Bearcats battled back with four runs in the third and tied the game at 8-8 when Blanden doubled and scored on a Howell RBI single in the sixth. One inning later, Blanden stroked a two-run single and Howell added an RBI double and BU led 11-8. But the Retrievers extended the game with three runs in the bottom of the inning – all with two out.
In game 2, UMBC scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and outhit BU 8-5. The Bearcats weren’t without their chances as they left seven stranded in the seven inning game. Binghamton had a runner thrown out at third base with no outs in the third inning, left two stranded in the fourth and stranded two more in the team’s final at-bat when the tying run stood at first with one out.
The Retrievers used three singles to push their run across in the fourth inning and then capitalized on a throwing error to score an unearned run in the fifth.
Senior Jay Lynch tossed a complete game (6.0 IP) and allowed eight hits and one earned run. Lynch (1-2, 3.98 ERA) struck out two and didn’t walk a batter but absorbed the loss.
Freshman third baseman Reed Gamache went 2-for-3 - the only Bearcat with more than one hit.
In the three-game series, Howell went 7-for-10 with four RBI ... Smucker is hitting .339 with an America East-best 23 RBI in his first 15 games this spring ... Thomas is hitting .420 and has 17 RBI in 15 games. He has an on-base percentage of .565, which leads the conference.