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Baseball rallies past Cornell 6-4 on road
Thomas belts another home run, Howell drives in winning run in eighth inning
April 11, 2012Tweet
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ITHACA, N.Y. – Binghamton baseball (10-14) rallied from a 3-1 deficit with five runs in the final three innings to edge past host Cornell (21-7-1) 6-4 in a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon at Hoy Field.
Freshman designated hitter Jake Thomas belted his second home run in as many games – a two-run shot to tie the score at 3-3 in the seventh – and sophomore shortstop John Howell hit an RBI single in the eighth to give BU the lead for good.
With three conference games upcoming on the weekend, the Bearcats used eight pitchers in a predetermined fashion and despite cold and rainy conditions, BU heated up its offense with a 13-hit attack.
Down 3-1, the Bearcats battled back in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs on four hits. Bereszniewicz led off with a walk and with one out, Thomas belted a two-run home run to right center, tying the game at 3-3. Senior left fielder Dave Ciocchi and junior first baseman Jordon Smucker hit back-to-back singles and after a flyout, Ruby delivered a two-out single to right field, scoring Ciocchi and putting BU ahead 4-3.
Cornell tied it in their half of the seventh, however, after two singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly.
Binghamton snapped the 4-4 deadlock with two deciding runs in the eighth inning. Danaher reached base on an infield error to open the frame and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bereszniewicz. Howell then drove an RBI single up the middle, scoring Danaher with the go-ahead run. After moving to second on a Thomas single, Howell scored on a throwing error by the shortstop on a fielder’s choice groundout by Ciocchi.
Freshman Mike Urbanski (1-1) went two innings and was credited with the win. He allowed one run on two hits. Junior closer Lee Sosa worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his fourth save of the season.
After three scoreless innings to start the game, Cornell opened the scoring with an unearned run in the fourth inning. A leadoff walk, single and subsequent fielding error put a Big Red runner on third and a fielder’s choice grounder plated the run.
Binghamton tied the game in the fifth inning on a walk and two singles. Freshman third baseman Brian Ruby led off with a free pass and went to second in an infield single by freshman right fielder Scott Hagan. A sacrifice bunt by junior catcher Mike Danaher moved the runners up a base and sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz brought in Ruby with an RBI single. The Bearcats left the go-ahead runner at third, however, after back-to-back strikeouts ended the frame.
The Big Red reclaimed the lead with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. The leadoff batter reached on an outfield fielding error and Cornell cleanup hitter Chris Cruz followed with a shot over the wall in right field, giving the hosts a 3-1 cushion.
With a three-game conference series against UMBC looming in three days, BU head coach Tim Sinicki rolled out eight pitchers, seven of whom tossed just one inning. The contingent allowed just five hits and two earned runs.
Thomas went 2-for-5 with the home run and two RBI. Ruby went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Howell also had two hits and an RBI. Smucker went 3-for-5 with a double.
The Bearcats host UMBC in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon at NYSEG Stadium downtown. The teams will also play a single game on Sunday at the stadium.