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Baseball beats Stony Brook 5-2 in series finale
Thomas belts two-run homer, Bereszniewicz drives in pair
April 7, 2012Tweet
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STONY BROOK, N.Y.—Freshman designated hitter Jake Thomas blasted his first collegiate home run - a two-run shot in the first inning - and Binghamton baseball (9-14, 1-2 AE) rapped 12 hits en route to a 5-2 win over host Stony Brook (19-9, 2-1 AE) Saturday afternoon from Joe Nathan Field.
After dropping the first two games to the Seawolves on Friday, BU responded in the series finale, getting two runs on the Thomas blast in the first, two more in the fourth and one in the eighth. Three Bearcat pitchers limited Stony Brook’s potent offense to single runs in the third and sixth innings.
Junior righthander Jake Lambert (2-3) went 5.0 innings and scattered six hits and two runs to record the win. Sophomore Jack Rogalla continued to look sharp with 3.0 scoreless innings in relief. Rogalla allowed just one hit, struck out four and walked one before giving way to junior closer Lee Sosa, who pitched a perfect ninth for his third save of the season. Sosa struck out one, lowering his ERA to 1.17.
The Bearcats got off to a quick start when sophomore shortstop John Howell singled with one out in the first. Thomas followed with a two-run home run over the right field fence. Binghamton had three hits in the inning and left two stranded.
Stony Brook got one run back in the third, thanks to a leadoff triple. But BU struck for two more in the fourth inning. Sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares led off with a single and freshman third baseman Brian Ruby followed with a single. Freshman right fielder Scott Hagan executed a sacrifice bunt, moving the runners to second and third. Junior catcher Mike Danaher plated Nevares with a sacrifice fly and with two outs, sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz came through with a run-scoring single to right field, scoring Ruby and extending BU’s lead to 4-1.
Lambert, who put down the Seawolves in order in the firs, second and fifth innings, gave up a run in the sixth after a single and double. Rogalla entered and closed the door with a strikeout and groundout. Rogalla again refused to bend in the eighth, working out of a 1-out, two-runners-on situation with an infield groundout.
Sosa allowed a 1-out single in the ninth before a called third strike and unassisted groundout to first ended the game.
Thomas went 2-for-5 with the home run and two RBI. He is hitting .338 with a team-high 13 RBI.
Nevares went 3-for-4 with a run scored and Bereszniewicz went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
The Bearcats next play a single game Wednesday afternoon at Cornell.