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Baseball holds off UMBC 4-1 to complete series sweep
BU works out of bases-loaded jam in ninth to preserve fifth straight win
April 15, 2012
Contact: John Hartrick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BINGHAMTON, N.Y.—Binghamton (13-14, 4-2 AE) flirted with danger in the ninth inning but hung on for a 4-1 win over visiting UMBC (7-25, 0-7 AE) Sunday afternoon from NYSEG Stadium. The Retrievers had the tying run on first base with one out before a line-out to short turned into a game-ending double play for the Bearcats, who swept the three-game set to stretch their win streak to five.
Junior starter Jake Lambert (3-3) looked sharp in eight innings of work, scattering six hits and no earned runs. Lambert allowed just four hits over his final seven innings and struck out five with one walk. He worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the third with a strikeout and a groundout and then stranded two more in the fifth.
Junior closer Lee Sosa earned his sixth save of the season after surviving some drama in the ninth. Sosa gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases before UMBC clean-up hitter Anthony Gatto ripped a shot to short. Sophomore John Howell leaped to snare it however, and then flipped to sophomore Daniel Nevares at second to double off the runner and end the game. UMBC outhit BU 8-6 and stranded 12 runners.
The Retrievers jumped ahead 1-0 with an unearned run in the first inning. UMBC cashed in on a double, an infield error and a two-out RBI single to score the game’s first run.
Binghamton plated two runs in the bottom of the second. Junior first baseman Jordon Smucker and Nevares hit back-to-back singles up the middle to start the frame. After a sacrifice bunt moved them to second and third, junior catcher Mike Danaher brought in Smucker with a groundout to short. Freshman right fielder Zach Blanden then dropped a bloop double on the right field line to score Nevares and give BU a 2-1 lead.
The Bearcats scored two more in the fourth on three hits. Nevares led off by chopping a double over third base and then went to third on a passed ball. Freshman third baseman Brian Ruby stroked an RBI single to left center and two batters later, Blanden scored Ruby with an RBI single through the right side to increase BU’s lead to 4-1.
Blanden went 2-for-3 with two RBI and Nevares went 2-for-4.
Binghamton plays a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Marist. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.