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Baseball tripped up by Hartford in rubber game 3-2
Cryts fires seven shutout innings but BU squanders 2-0 lead in 8th inning
March 23, 2014Tweet
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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Host Hartford (9-8, 2-1 America East) rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to overtake Binghamton (5-13, 1-4 AE) 3-2 Sunday afternoon from Fiondella Field. The win allowed the Hawks to capture the weekend series, despite being held to four hits by BU pitching for the second time in three games.
Sophomore starter Jake Cryts was in full command throughout the game and departed after seven scoreless innings. Cryts allowed just two singles and put down the Hawks in order in each of his last two innings. He left with a 2-0 lead after the Bearcats plated single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. But Hartford rallied for three runs off BU’s bullpen in the eighth and then BU stranded the tying run on third in the team’s final at-bat.
After six scoreless innings, junior left fielder Jake Thomas belted a solo home run with one out in the seventh to put the Bearcats on top. With one out, Thomas ripped a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall for his second home run of the season. In the bottom of the frame, senior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz robbed Hartford of extra bases with a diving catch in right center to start the inning. Cryts finished off his fourth 1-2-3 inning with a nice play to cover first on a grounder.
Binghamton doubled its lead in the top of the eighth when senior shortstop John Howell led off with an infield single and freshman catcher Eddie Posavec moved him over with a sacrifice bunt. Junior right fielder Zach Blanden then delivered an RBI single up the middle, scoring Howell and making it 2-0.
But the wheels came off in the bottom of the eighth. Hartford put its first two on base with back-to-back hit batters. After a strikeout, the Hawks tied it with two straight singles and then plated the winning run on a sacrifice fly.
In the ninth, Thomas led off with a single through the right side and sophomore third baseman Reed Gamache executed a sacrifice bunt to advance Thomas to second. But back-to-back groundouts to second ended the game with Thomas 90 feet away from tying the score.
Thomas and Blanden each went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Posavec threw out a baserunner in the third inning to help extend Cryts’s perfect outing.
The Bearcats are scheduled to host Bucknell in the team’s home opening doubleheader on Tuesday but snow flurries and weekend temperatures in the 20s may alter the schedule.