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Baseball drops pair to Stony Brook 2-1 and 9-2 to start AE play

Seawolves rally in both games to sweep twinbill; Teams play final game Saturday

April 6, 2012


Baseball drops pair to Stony Brook 2-1 and 9-2 to start AE play

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Game 2 Box

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

STONY BROOK, N.Y.—Stony Brook scored nine unanswered runs to surge past visiting Binghamton 9-2 and complete a doubleheader sweep of the Bearcats (8-14, 0-2 AE) Friday afternoon at Joe Nathan Field. The Seawolves (19-8, 2-0 AE) rallied to win the opener 2-1 in extra innings (8). The season-opening America East series showcases the winners of the last five conference regular season crowns (BU in 2007-10, Stony Brook in 2011)

In the opener, Stony Brook plated two runs on two hits in the bottom of the eighth inning to push past BU 2-1. After the two starting pitchers yielded no runs through seven innings, the teams combined for three in the first extra frame and the Seawolves used a bunt single, hit batter and groundout to overcome a 1-0 deficit and grab the win.

The game was a classic pitchers’ duel between two of the league’s premier hurlers: Binghamton’s Mike Augliera and Stony Brook’s Tyler Johnson. Both first team all-conference selections last spring, they didn’t disappoint. Johnson (3-1) scattered five hits and the one run in 8.0 innings and Augliera (2-4) was the tough-luck loser after allowing two runs in 7.1 innings. Augliera struck out five and scattered six singles. He worked out of jams in several innings, stranding nine Seawolves runners before his third hit batter of the game and the two singles were costly in the eighth.

Binghamton had taken a 1-0 lead on a two-out single to deep short by sophomore John Howell in the eighth. With one out, freshman right fielder Zach Blanden singled up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Blanden took third on a groundout by sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz. Howell then stroked a 2-1 pitch toward the middle to plate Blanden with the go-ahead run. After a single down the right field line by freshman designated hitter Jake Thomas put runners on first and third, BU missed a chance to add more run support when senior left fielder Dave Ciocchi hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

Stony Brook had the top of the order up in their half of the eighth and leadoff hitter Travis Jankowski began with a single up the middle. Augliera hit the next batter - his third plunk of the afternoon - and the Seawolves were in business. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third and after an intentional walk loaded the bases with one out, designated hitter Kevin Krause pushed a bunt single past the pitcher’s mound to tie the game. Left fielder Steven Goldstein then ended the game when he hit a grounder to third and the ensuing throw to the plate was offline, allowing Cantwell to cross with the winning run.

Five different BU players each had a hit with junior first baseman Jordon Smucker collecting the lone extra-base hit by either team with a one-out double in the fourth., He was stranded at third after back-to-back groundouts. The Bearcats left six runners stranded and committed the only two errors of the game.

Game two was shaping up to be another tightly contested pitchers’ duel as both junior Jay Lynch and his Stony Brook counterpart, Brandon McNitt, breezed through the first three innings. The Bearcats gave Lynch two runs in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead. But the Seawolves answered with two in the fourth, went ahead for good with a single run in the fifth and then struck for six runs on seven hits to pull away in the sixth.

In BU’s fourth frame, freshman third baseman Brian Ruby delivered a clutch two-out, two-run single to left center, scoring Smucker and sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares. With two out, Smucker had singled up the middle and Nevares followed with a double to center field, putting runners on second and third.

But Stony Brook knotted it in their half of the inning, using three hits and an error to score twice and even the score at 2-2. After giving up a run-scoring double and RBI single back-to-back, Lynch locked in and recorded a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.

The Seawolves got back to the offense one inning later, however, plating the go-ahead run in a single, wild pitch, RBI single sequence and the wheels fell off in the sixth when Stony Brook scored six times on seven hits.

Lynch (2-3) went 5.1 innings and surrendered six earned runs.

Freshman designated hitter Jake Thomas went 2-for-3, Bereszniewicz was 2-for-4 and Ruby supplied the scoring with his two-run single.

The Bearcats hit into three double plays and committed three errors - making it five misplays in the two games.

The three-game series concludes with a single game Saturday at noon.

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