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Baseball squanders early lead, falls at Cornell 9-5

Ruby extends hit streak to 11 games but BU is outhit 10-4, gives up eight two-out runs

April 25, 2012


Baseball squanders early lead, falls at Cornell 9-5

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

ITHACA, N.Y. – Host Cornell (28-11-1) rattled off seven straight runs and limited Binghamton (15-17) to just one hit over the final seven innings in a 9-5 Big Red win Wednesday afternoon from Hoy Field.

The Bearcats shook off an early 2-0 hole with five runs in the second inning to forge ahead 5-2. But the offense dried up from that point on and Cornell tallied the game’s final seven runs – all with two out. The Big Red scored four in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the eighth for the final margin.

Cornell jumped on the board in the first inning with three hits, including a pair of doubles.

Trailing 2-0, BU countered with five runs on three hits in the second. After back-to-back walks to junior first baseman Jordon Smucker and freshman third baseman Brian Ruby, sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares singled to load the bases with no out. Freshman DH Scott Hagan was plunked to bring home the first run and classmate Zach Blanden stroked an RBI single through the right side to even the score at 2-2. After a fielder’s choice groundout cut down a run at the plate, Hagan scored on a wild pitch to push BU ahead 3-2. Sophomore shortstop John Howell then drilled a one-out, two-run double down the left field line to make it 5-2. But Howell was stranded at second after a strikeout and groundout ended the inning and the offensive barrage.

The Big Red capitalized on some erratic pitching to score four runs on just two hits in the fourth. Binghamton pitchers issued three walks and two wild pitches in the frame and Cornell scored all four runs with two out to reclaim the lead 6-5.

Cornell added another two-out run in the fifth on two singles and then the hosts finished the scoring with two unearned runs in the eighth after an infield throwing error opened the door with two out.

Binghamton’s offense, meanwhile, fizzled after the second inning. The last six of Cornell’s seven pitchers combined to hold BU to just one hit over the final 7.2 innings. The Bearcats also used seven pitchers with freshman Greg Ostner producing the best stat line. Ostner went 2.0 hitless innings with two strikeouts.

Ruby collected a ninth-inning single to extend his hit streak to 11 games.

The Bearcats (6-2 AE) play a four-game conference series at Hartford this weekend with doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon each day.

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