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Baseball stays hot, sweeps Lehigh 3-1 and 6-4

Bearcats have won five of last six; Augliera fans 10 in opener

March 24, 2012


Baseball stays hot, sweeps Lehigh 3-1 and 6-4

Game 1 Box

Game 2 Box

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

BETHLEHEM, Pa.—Binghamton baseball (5-7) swept a twinbill from host Lehigh (5-15-1) Saturday afternoon at the Goodman Campus. The Bearcats took the opener 3-1 and completed the sweep with a 6-4 triumph on the nightcap. Binghamton has now won five of its last six.

In the opener, senior righthander Mike Augliera went the distance and allowed just one run on five hits. Augliera struck out 10 and didn’t walk a batter. He struck out at least one batter in all seven innings, including the final two hitters of the game. After allowing a leadoff homer in the third inning, Augliera gave up just two hits over the final four innings.

Binghamton rallied with single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.

Augliera (2-2) kept his season ERA at 1.29. In 28 innings, he has 30 strikeouts and one walk. Entering the game, Augliera ranked fifth in the nation in fewest walks and 38th in ERA.

Down 1-0 in the fourth, junior first baseman Jordon Smucker hit an RBI single up the middle to score freshman designated hitter Jake Thomas, who had doubled to lead off the inning. One inning later, BU took the lead for good when freshman right fielder Zach Blanden delivered 1-out single to right to score sophomore third baseman Joel Stubbs, who had opened the frame with a double.

Up 2-1, BU put up an insurance run in the seventh when sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares belted a 1-out solo home run.

Thomas and Stubbs each went 2-for-3.

The Bearcats outhit their hosts 10-5.

In game two, BU jumped ahead with two runs in the first inning, added three in the fourth and one in the seventh. The Mountain Hawks countered with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings and scored twice in the eighth. Lehigh brought the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning before junior closer Lee Sosa struck out the final batter in the eighth and fanned two of three in a 1-2-3 ninth to seal the win.

Smucker had another good game at the plate, going 3-for-5 with 2 RBI. Freshman first baseman Brian Ruby went 3-for-4 with a run scored and sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs.

The Bearcats put together three hits in the first inning to plate two runs. Senior left fielder Dave Ciocchi brought in the first with an RBI grounder. Smucker singled through the left side to score the second run. In the fourth, Nevares led off with a single and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0. Bereszniewicz stroked an RBI single up the middle and sophomore shortstop John Howell added an RBI double to push BU’s lead to 5-0.

Meanwhile junior righthander Jay Lynch retired the first 12 Lehigh hitters until giving up a run on three hits in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lynch (2-2) wound up going 6.0 innings for the win. He allowed two runs on five hits, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.

Binghamton led 6-2 before the Mountain Hawks threatened in the eighth. They scored twice on three hits and had their No. 5 hitter at the plate with a runner on first but Sosa struck him out to end the threat. Sosa then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.

The teams will conclude their four-game weekend set with a doubleheader Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.

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