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Baseball splits at Siena, losing 6-4 before winning 6-3

Nevares goes 4-for-6 on day; BU plates three runs in last at-bat to gain split

April 1, 2012


Baseball splits at Siena, losing 6-4 before winning 6-3

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Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.—Binghamton (8-10) snapped a 3-3 tie with three runs in the seventh inning and beat Siena 6-3 to gain a doubleheader split with the host Saints (4-20) Sunday afternoon from a rainy Siena Field. The Saints won the opener 6-4.

In the nightcap, BU scored three runs on two hits and two errors to break a 3-3 tie and earn the split. After the first two Bearcat hitters reached base on a single and hit batter, senior left fielder Dave Ciocchi dropped down a bunt single that was subsequently thrown away by the Siena pitcher, allowing sophomore shortstop John Howell, who had led off with a single, to score the go-ahead run. Then sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares hit a ball that was misplayed by the Siena shortstop, allowing Ciocchi and freshman catcher Jake Thomas, who was hit to reach base, to score the fifth and sixth BU runs.

Junior closer Lee Sosa shook off a leadoff walk to earn his second save of the season with a strikeout, groundout and fly out in the seventh.

Siena had jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of two-out hits in the first inning. The Bearcats got on the board with a single run in the third - thanks to a Howell sacrifice fly. Binghamton then scored twice in the fourth to take a 3-2 lead. Sophomore third baseman Joel Stubbs and freshman right fielder Zach Blanden each delivered a two-out RBI single in a four-hit inning.

Siena tied the score with a run in the fifth, setting up the decisive seventh inning for the Bearcats.

Nevares was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Blanden, hitting a team-high .408 for the season, went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Binghamton held an 8-6 edge in hits and the Saints committed four errors to Binghamton’s none.

Junior starter Jay Lynch and sophomore Jack Rogalla each went a predetermined three innings to keep each fresh for the upcoming conference-opening series at Stony Brook. Lynch allowed two runs on five hits and Rogalla (W, 2-0) allowed one run on one hit in his three innings, lowering his ERA to 4.12. 

In the opening game, Siena survived a shaky final inning to hold off Binghamton, 6-4. The Saints built a 6-0 lead before the Bearcats battled back with four runs in the seventh inning.

Binghamton had the tying run at the plate with one out in the final frame before a line-out to center and a strikeout ended the rally and the game.

Despite putting its leadoff runner on base in four of the seven innings, BU couldn’t get to Siena starter Justin Brantley, who entered the contest with an 0-5 mark and double-digit earned run average. Brantley struck out five and walked one and the Saints gave him plenty of offense by scoring in four of their six innings. Siena plated one run in the second, two in the third, one in the fifth and two in the sixth.

In the seventh inning, BU scored four runs on just two hits - thanks to a bases-loaded walk, a fielding error and three straight wild pitches by Saints closer Neil Fryer. But with Blanden on first and the tying run at the plate with one out, sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz lined out to center and Howell was punched out on a called third strike to end the game.

The Bearcats looked to be on their way to a fast start when Bereszniewicz and Howell opened the game with back-to-back singles. But an unsuccessful bunt attempt and two strikeouts squashed the early momentum.

Senior righty Mike Augliera surrendered three runs on four hits in his three-innings of work., With the conference opener drawing near next Saturday, Augliera (2-3, 1.45 ERA) was limited to three innings and he departed after allowing one earned run with two strikeouts and a walk. He entered the week leading the entire nation in fewest walks allowed (1 in 28.0 innings) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (30-to-1).

Junior No. 3 starter Jake Lambert pitched the final three innings and gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits.

Binghamton was outhit 9-6 and only stranded four runners but had two more erased on inning-ending double plays and another threat wiped out on a caught stealing. The Bearcats, who entered the game with a solid defense that yielded less than an error per outing (.973 fielding percentage), committed two errors that led to three unearned runs.

Nevares and Stubbs each went 2-for-3.

The Bearcats returns to Loudonville on Monday to conclude the three-game series. The teams will play a single game beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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