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Baseball sweeps NC A&T 9-6 and 9-4
Bearcats (7-4) rap 23 hits, have won first three games of series
March 9, 2013Tweet
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Binghamton plated 18 runs on 23 hits and swept a twinbill from host North Carolina A&T Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium. The Bearcats (7-4) won 9-6 and 9-4. The teams will conclude their four-game set with a single game Sunday at 1 p.m. with BU going for the series sweep.
In the opener, BU jumped on Aggies pitching for five runs in the first frame and never looked back. The Bearcats added single runs in the third and fourth innings and tacked on two more in the sixth. Despite stranding 10 baserunners, BU scored in four of the seven innings and took advantage of six NC A&T errors.
Senior first baseman Jordon Smucker drove in three runs, junior third baseman Brian Ruby had two hits and scored three runs and sophomore right fielder Zach Blanden went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Sophomore catcher Nick Pancerella and junior shortstop John Howell collected RBIs.
On the hill, senior Jay Lynch (1-1) went 5 innings and scattered nine hits and four earned runs. Lynch struck out three and didn’t walk a batter. Freshman Jake Cryts tossed the final two innings.
Pancerella and Howell had two-out RBI hits to key the first-inning outburst. Smucker brought in the third-inning run with a groundout and added a two-run double in the sixth to boost his team-high RBI count to 17 in 11 games this spring.
In game 2, sophomore left fielder Jake Thomas went to work. The league’s on-base percentage leader entering the weekend (.600), Thomas went 4-for-5 with five RBI and the Bearcats struck early again to set the tone. Binghamton scored two runs in the first inning and three more in the second to build a 5-0 cushion. Ahead 6-3, BU plated three runs in the seventh to gain some breathing room. Binghamton held a 12-7 command in hits.
Blanden, junior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz and freshman shortstop David Schanz had two hits apiece. Blanden scored twice and added an RBI, Bereszniewicz went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Schanz went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Junior Mike Meleski (1-1) notched the win with 5 innings of work. Meleski allowed six hits and just one earned run. He struck out five batters. Sophomore reliever Anthony Grillini earned a save with two innings of one-hit pitching.
Thomas boosted his team-high batting average to .429 with the big game. He has 14 RBI this spring and moved his on-base percentage to .580. Thomas had RBI singles in the first, second and fourth innings and capped his day with a two-run single up the middle in the seventh.
The Aggies got one run in their final at-bat and had the bases loaded before Grillini induced a fly out to end the game.
Junior Jack Rogalla (1-0, 3.60 ERA) takes the ball for Sunday’s finale.