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Baseball drops pair at Marist, 7-4 and 4-3
Bearcats outhit 12-6 in opener, fall in eight innings in nightcap
April 17, 2012
Contact: John Hartrick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.—Marist (13-19) pushed across the winning run on a two-out single in the eighth inning of game two and the host Red Foxes swept a baseball doubleheader from Binghamton (13-16) Tuesday afternoon at McCann Field. Marist won the opener 7-4 and took the nightcap 4-3 in extra innings.
In the opener, Marist erased a 1-0 BU lead with five runs in the first inning. The hosts added one run in the second inning before the Bearcats got three runs in the fourth to pull within two, 6-4. But Marist tacked on another run in the bottom of the frame and a final BU rally came up short in the seventh when after loading the bases with one out, BU went down on an infield pop-up and a groundout to end the game.
Freshman Mike Urbanski was the most successful of four BU pitchers. Urbanski tossed three hitless innings to end the game. He struck out two and didn’t walk a batter.
Marist outhit BU 12-6 and kept the Bearcats off the scoreboard in the final three frames.
Sophomore Shaun McGraw drove in two runs to key the three-run rally in the fourth inning. Senior left fielder Dave Ciocchi went 2-for-4 with two doubles, including a two-out, RBI double down the left field line to score the game’s first run. Freshman Jake Thomas went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
In the nightcap, BU outhit Marist 8-6 but the Red Foxes tied the game at 3 with a run in the fifth inning and then plated the winning run in the first extra frame.
The Bearcats jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning on a two-run home run off the bat of Ciocchi. With two outs, Thomas drew a walk and Ciocchi followed with his first blast of the spring to right center.
Marist got both runs back, however, in the second, using just one hit combined with three walks and a wild pitch to even the score at 2-2. Binghamton reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth on a two-out RBI single from freshman third baseman Brian Ruby. Junior first baseman Jordon Smucker doubled and scored on Ruby’s hit. But Marist knotted it in the bottom of the inning on two hits, including a two-out RBI single. Then in the eighth, the Red Foxes drew a one-out walk on a full-count pitch and moved the winning run to second after a fielder’s choice groundout and subsequent throwing error. A two-out single up the middle ended the game.
Freshman Greg Ostner was the most effective of four BU pitchers. Ostner went two middle innings and allowed one hit and no runs.
Ruby went 3-for-4 with an RBI and raised his team-high average to .426. Ciocchi drove in two with his homer and after seeing his 10-win hit streak snapped in the opener, Smucker went 3-for-3 with a run scored.
The Bearcats missed good chances to score with two runners left stranded in the seventh and a leadoff hitter squandered on base in the eighth. The go-ahead run stood at second with one out in the eighth before a groundout and fly out ended the threat.
Binghamton will “host” Maine in a four-game set at Cornell’s Hoy Field this Saturday and Sunday. The Black Bears are riding a 13-game win streak and are undefeated (7-0) in America East play.