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Baseball splits pair at Bucknell, losing 2-1 before winning 10-4

Danaher drives in career-high four in nightcap; BU has won seven of last 10

March 27, 2012


Baseball splits pair at Bucknell, losing 2-1 before winning 10-4

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Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

LEWISBURG, Pa.—Junior catcher Mike Danaher drove in a career-high four runs to lift Binghamton (7-9) to a 10-4 win and a doubleheader split with host Bucknell Tuesday afternoon from Depew Field. The Bison took the opener 2-1. Binghamton has now won seven of its last 10 with each of the three losses coming by one run.

Danaher drilled a two-run double to highlight a five-run second inning that erased a 2-0 deficit and gave the Bearcats the lead for good. He added a two-out, two-run single in the sixth inning when Binghamton plated four more runs to pull away.

Bucknell struck for two runs in the first inning on an RBI double and a balk before freshman starter Anthony Grillini settled in. In his first collegiate start, Grillini (1-0) went five innings and allowed just the two runs. He kept the Bison at bay over his final four scoreless innings, giving up only three hits.

In the five-run second frame, BU rapped seven hits, including three doubles. In addition to Danaher’s shot to right center, sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares and freshman right fielder Zach Blanden collected run-scoring doubles and freshman designated hitter Jake Thomas added an RBI single.

Sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz put a two-out RBI single through the left side to plate another run in the third and give the Bearcats a 6-2 lead.

Binghamton broke open the game with a four-spot in the sixth. Before Danaher plated the last two runs with his clutch single to center, senior left fielder Dave Ciocchi sent a sacrifice fly RBI to right and freshman first baseman Brian Ruby brought in a run with a bases-loaded walk.

Bucknell scored two in the sixth off BU’s bullpen for the final margin.

Danaher went 2-for-3 with four RBI. Ruby was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored and Nevares and Blanden each went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Blanden entered the game with a league-leading .444 average.

Binghamton outhit Bucknell 12-7.

In the opener, Bucknell scored twice in the fifth inning to break a scoreless deadlock. Binghamton got one run back in the sixth and had the tying run on first in the seventh before the Bison closed the door to preserve the one-run win.

Freshman starter Mike Kaufman went 4.1 solid innings in his first collegiate start. Kaufman (0-1) allowed two runs on five hits with two strikeouts and no walks. After stifling the Bison on two hits through four innings, Kaufman surrendered the two runs in the fifth on two doubles and a single. Freshman Greg Ostner finished up the fifth and senior Chris Nagorski struck out two of the three hitters he faced in a perfect sixth inning.

Binghamton got on the board in the sixth inning. Thomas led off with a double and went to third on a groundout from Ciocchi. Junior second baseman Jordon Smucker then delivered a sacrifice fly to right fielder to score Thomas and cut BU’s deficit in half, 2-1.

In the seventh, Bereszniewicz hit a two-out single but Bucknell got a comeback groundout to end the threat and the game.

Binghamton outhit their hosts 7-5 but left seven stranded.

Bereszniewicz went 3-for-4, Thomas was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Smucker, the reigning America East Player of the Week, contributed his team-high 12th RBI. Smucker also extended his team-best current hit streak to 10 games.

Binghamton plays a four-game set at Siena this weekend with doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon each day.

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