Immediate Release: May 26, 2005
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Fourth-seeded Binghamton (23-25-1) outhit top-seeded Northeastern (26-21), 11-9, but the Huskies built a 4-0 lead and then plated three crucial runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to post a 7-3 win in the opening game of the 2005 America East Championship at Centennial Field. The Bearcats will now drop into the loser's bracket and play a game Friday at noon against host Vermont, which suffered a 14-2 drubbing to No. 2 Maine in the evening game.
The Bearcats put early pressure on Northeastern ace Adam Ottavino, the AE Pitcher of the Year, loading the bases in the very first inning. But despite rapping more hits in the first two innings (3) than in the entire regular-season game against Ottavino (a 2-0 NU win), Binghamton could not get the big hit, stranding four runners in the first two frames. The Huskies pushed across two runs on just one hit in the bottom of the first and added two more in the third, thanks to three consecutive hits.
Trailing 4-0 in the sixth inning, BU struck for three runs to pull within one, 4-3. Junior third baseman Mathieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec), the AE Player of the Year, belted a solo home run to lead off the inning. He ripped a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for his 16th homer of the season. Later in the inning, sophomore catcher Pat Haughie (St. James, N.Y.) delivered a two-out, two-run single to center.
But Northeastern took the sting out of BU's rally one inning later, tacking on three more runs off junior starter Jarrod Rampey (Rochester, N.Y.).
Haughie, junior center fielder Aaron Davis (San Francisco, Calif.) and sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) had two hits apiece. Eight different players collected base hits for the Bearcats, who will now face elimination with each remaining game in the tournament.
Against Vermont on Friday, BU will have to solve senior lefty Derek Miller, who stifled the Bearcats in a 3-1 win on April 9. In that game, Miller recorded 15 strikeouts and allowed just one run.
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