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Baseball falls to Stony Brook 7-4, drops into elimination game
Top-seeded Seawolves score four in seventh to pull away; BU plays Maine Friday at 11 a.m.
May 24, 2012Tweet
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STONY BROOK, N.Y.—Host and top-seed Stony Brook (45-11) broke open a tight game with four runs in the seventh inning on just one hit and pulled away from Binghamton (23-25) 7-4 in a winner’s bracket game Thursday afternoon from Joe Nathan Field.
The loss sends the third-seeded Bearcats into an elimination game against fourth-seeded Maine Friday at 11 a.m. The Black Bears knocked out second-seeded Albany 8-3 in Thursday’s first game.
Binghamton was locked in a tight 3-2 game entering the seventh inning but a leadoff four-pitch walk and subsequent hit batter opened the door for the Seawolves, who then took advantage of two errors to score four runs - three unearned.
The Bearcats outhit Stony Brook 9-6 but left nine runners stranded and the top of its lineup struggled at the plate. The team’s first four hitters went a combined 2-for-19.
Binghamton trailed 2-0 before scoring a run in the fourth inning. Sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares hit a one-out single up the middle and freshman designated hitter Jake Thomas followed by hitting a 3-2 pitch through the right side for a single. Junior catcher Mike Danaher then brought home Nevares from third with an RBI single to right, cutting BU’s deficit to 2-1.
After junior Jake Lambert and his fellow all-conference counterpart, Brandon McNitt each pitched a 1-2-3 fifth, both teams plated a run in the sixth. The Seawolves got their run on a two-out passed ball after a leadoff single. Nevares scored his second run of the game in the bottom of the frame, thanks to another RBI single from Danaher. After Nevares was hit with one out, Thomas moved him along with a single down the right field line. The Bearcats, however, missed a good chance to do more damage with runners on first and second and one out. Back-to-back infield pop-ups ended the threat and the frame.
Lambert gave way to BU’s bullpen in the seventh and the opportunistic Seawolves took advantage and left the inning with a 7-2 cushion.
Danaher’s third RBI of the game gave BU a run in the eighth inning. Nevares led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a Thomas groundout before Danaher plated him with a ground ball to short. In the ninth, freshman right fielder Zach Blanden led off with a walk and scored the final run of the game from second on a two-out RBI single by senior left fielder Dave Ciocchi.
Lambert (6-4) allowed three runs on five hits in his 6.0 innings of work. He struck out one and walked one. Senior reliever Alex Adami pitched a pair of 1-2-3 innings to end the game for the Bearcats.
Danaher went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Nevares went 2-for-3 and scored all three BU runs. Ciocchi went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Thomas went 2-for-4.
Junior Jay Lynch (2-4, 5.44 ERA) will pitch Friday morning against Maine. With a win, BU would earn another shot at the Seawolves Friday at 3 p.m. Binghamton would then have to beat Stony Brook twice (again Saturday at noon) to capture the conference title.