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Baseball splits pair with Temple to cap 3-1 weekend

Bearcats drop opener 2-1 before rapping 17 hits in 13-5 game 2 win

March 18, 2012

Baseball splits pair with Temple to cap 3-1 weekend

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AMBLER, Pa.—Binghamton baseball (3-7) dropped a tight seven-inning opener 2-1 before breaking out the bats in a 13-5 nine-inning triumph that gave the Bearcats a twinbill split with Temple Sunday afternoon at Skip Walker Field. The win completed a successful 3-1 showing for Binghamton at the Philadelphia Big 5 Baseball Bash. The Bearcats beat St. Joseph’s on Friday and Villanova on Saturday.

In Sunday’s opener gainst the host Owls, BU led 1-0 on a third-inning solo home run from freshman right fielder Zach Blanden before Temple pushed single runs across in the fifth and sixth innings to pull out the 2-1 win. Blanden’s blast was his first collegiate home run and BU’s first round-tripper of the spring.

Junior Jake Lambert went the full six innings, allowing two runs on nine hits (seven singles, two doubles). Lambert struck out two and walked one.

Temple outhit the Bearcats 9-5, with junior second baseman Jordon Smucker collecting two of those BU hits.

In the nightcap, BU jumped out to a 4-0 cushion with three runs in the third and one in the fourth. After Temple got one back in the fourth, the Bearcats erupted for eight runs in the sixth and added one more in the seventh. Down 13-2, Temple closed out the scoring with three runs in the final three frames.

Every starter got at least one hit and eight drove in at least one run.

The offensive surge was more than enough for sophomore starter Jack Rogalla (1-0, 3.86 ERA), who went six innings and gave up just two runs on four hits. Rogalla struck out four and walked one.

Of the many offensive stars were sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz (2-for-6, 3 RBI), freshman catcher Jake Thomas (3-for-5, 2 RBI) and senior first baseman Dave Ciocchi (3-for-6, 2 doubles, RBI). Smucker drove in two more runs to continue his torrid weekend (8 RBI in four games) and Blanden collected two more hits and scored three runs. In four games this weekend, Blanden hit a sizzling .667 (6-for-9) with an on-base percentage of .750 and a slugging percentage of 1.000. for the season, Blanden is hitting a team-high .435.

Smucker’s two-run double highlighted the eight-run outburst in the sixth inning. Sophomore third baseman Joel Stubbs (double), Thomas and freshman right fielder Scott Hagan each added RBI hits in the inning.

Bereszniewicz and Thomas added stolen bases to their game totals.

The Bearcats rapped 17 hits to finish a weekend that saw them hit .342 as a team. The pitching staff held down a 3.55 ERA with 32 strikeouts (and only seven walks) in 33 innings.

Binghamton plays a four-game set at Lehigh next weekend with doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday in Bethlehem, Pa.

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