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Baseball sweeps UMBC 8-6 and 14-8 at NYSEG Stadium

Bearcats improve to 12-14 overall and 3-2 in AE. Series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. at NYSEG Stadium

April 14, 2012


Baseball sweeps UMBC 8-6 and 14-8 at NYSEG Stadium

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Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

BINGHAMTON, N.Y.—Binghamton baseball (11-14, 2-2 AE) built an 8-0 lead before sweating out the final out of an 8-6 win over visiting UMBC (7-23, 0-5 AE) in a first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium in downtown Binghamton. Game two is set to start at 2:30 p.m.

In the opener, BU got on the board in the second inning. Sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares hit a one-out double to left field and went to third on a single to right center by freshman third baseman Brian Ruby. Junior catcher Mike Danaher then hit a two-strike grounder to third and Nevares scooted home as the force-out throw went to second.

The Bearcats broke it open with four unearned runs in the third inning. Sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz led off with a single and two outs later, senior left fielder Dave Ciocchi was hit by pitch. Junior first baseman Jordon Smucker and Nevares then hit back-to-back fly balls that were dropped by the UMBC right fielder . Smucker’s misplayed fly scored Bereszniewicz and Ciocchi and then Smucker scored on the Nevares play. Ruby followed with an RBI single through the left side to score Nevares from second and give BU a 5-0 cushion.

Binghamton tacked on three more runs after two outs in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a pair of hits and three walks. Ciocchi hit an RBI single up the middle and Nevares stroked a two-run single through the right side on an 0-2 pitch to give BU an 8-0 bulge.

But UMBC struck for six runs on eight hits in the top of the seventh to create major drama.

Senior right-hander Mike Augliera (3-4) was cruising along through six innings before the Retrievers got to him in the seventh. Augliera allowed just two hits and struck out nine before the first six batters reached base against him in the seventh.

Senior reliever Chris Nagorski entered with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh and surrendered two RBI singles with a line-out double play sandwiched in-between. With UMBC racking up seven hits and five runs in the inning, junior closer Lee Sosa was forced to enter with two outs, two runners on and the tying run at the plate. After giving up an RBI double that brought the tying run to second base, Sosa fanned catcher Jason Allinder on three straight pitches to notch his fifth save of the season.

Ruby went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Nevares went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Howell went 2-for-2 with two stolen bases. Danaher and Ciocchi had RBIs. 

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Binghamton baseball (12-14 3-2 AE) had their best offensive output of the season defeating UMBC (7-24 0-6 AE) 14-8 in America East action taking game two of the doubleheader at NYSEG stadium.

After senior starting pitcher Jay Lynch gave up three runs in the top of the first, Binghamton immediately responded with three of their own. Bill Bereszniewicz led off with a bunt single, followed by a walk from John Howell. After a flyout by freshman catcher Jake Thomas and a wild pitch advanced the runners, Dave Ciocchi hit a sac fly, Jordan Smucker hit a triple, and Daniel Nevares lined a single to tie the game at three.

Binghamton kept the offense rolling in the second inning scoring three more runs. Sophomore DH Shaun McGraw singled up the middle to lead off the inning. Bereszniewicz reached base on an error by the second basemen, and Howell walked for the second time. With the bases loaded and two outs, Ciocchi hit a single to right center to score McGraw and Bereszniewicz. Smucker singled to center to score Howell and chase the UMBC starter after just 1.2 innings of work.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Bearcats added three more runs on a bases loaded walk, a single and their second sac fly of the game. Three Bearcat errors in the top of the sixth allowed UMBC to score a pair of runs, but a lead-off double by sophomore Brian Ruby and another single by McGraw gave Binghamton an insurance run, handing them an 11-7 lead after six innings.

The Bearcats broke the game open for good in the eighth with three more runs on four hits, including an RBI triple by freshman right fielder Zach Blanden. Lynch gave up five runs in four innings of work to pick up his third win of the season. Jack Rogalla was impressive in relief lasting the final five innings giving up three runs with no walks. Ciocchi went 2-5 with four RBI, while Smucker went 3-5 with three RBI.

Binghamton wraps up its series with UMBC tomorrow at 1 p.m. at NYSEG Stadium.

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