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Baseball toppled by Stony Brook in finale 12-2

BU sees early lead disappear, suffers third straight loss to Seawolves

April 13, 2014

Baseball toppled by Stony Brook in finale 12-2

Junior right fielder Zach Blanden

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Stony Brook erased an early 1-0 deficit and outscored Binghamton baseball 12-1 the rest of the way to complete a three-game sweep of the Bearcats with a 12-2 win Sunday afternoon at Joe Nathan Field. The first-place Seawolves (20-11, 7-1 America East) rang up 18 hits against Binghamton (9-18, 4-7 AE), which slipped three games under the .500 mark in conference play.

The Bearcats took an early 1-0 lead with a run in their first at-bat. But Stony Brook plated four runs in the bottom of the second and added two in the fifth, four in the sixth and two more in the seventh to pull away. The hosts belted two home runs and seven doubles against five BU pitchers.

Junior left fielder Jake Thomas brought in BU’s first run with an RBI single in the first inning. Junior right fielder Zach Blanden led off the game with an infield single and went to second on a passed ball. After a walk to sophomore third baseman David Schanz, senior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz dropped down a sacrifice bunt, moving the runners to second and third. Thomas plated Blanden with an infield single but BU stranded the two remaining baserunners after a strikeout and groundout.

Stony Brook took control with four runs on four hits in the second frame. A leadoff home run, walk and RBI double made it 3-1 and then a wild pitch, two stolen bases and a sacrifice pushed the lead to 4-1.

Binghamton got one run back in the fourth inning. Senior DH Shaun McGraw drew a leadoff walk and sophomore second baseman Reed Gamache followed with a single. Freshman first baseman Jextin Pugh was hit to load the bases. Senior shortstop John Howell scored McGraw with a sacrifice fly to right field but the Bearcats were denied further damage when back-to-back foul pop-ups left two more stranded.

The Seawolves then extended their lead with two runs on three hits in the fifth before BU turned an inning-ending double play to get out of further trouble. But the game got away on the sixth when Stony Brook used five hits, including another leadoff home run and three doubles, to stretch its lead to 10-2. A two-run single in the seventh closed out the scoring.

Blanden went 2-for-4 - the only BU player to record more than one hit.

Sophomore starter Jake Cryts (L, 2-4), who entered the game with a 0.45 ERA in conference play, gave up eight hits and six runs in 4.1 innings. 

Binghamton plays a non-conference game at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Marist. It was originally scheduled for a twinbill on Tuesday but poor weather is forecast across the state.

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