Immediate Release: May 27, 2005
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Third-seeded Vermont (27-18) pushed across two runs in the ninth inning to eliminate fourth-seeded Binghamton (23-26-1), 2-0, in a loser's bracket game of the 2005 America East Championship Friday afternoon at Centennial Field. With the win, Vermont stays alive to play the 7 p.m. game Friday night while the Bearcats' best Division I season comes to an end.
The host Catamounts ended a scoreless pitcher's dual with three two-out hits in their final at-bat and senior all-conference hurler Derek Miller continued his mastery of Binghamton with a two-hit gem. In the regular season, Miller recorded 15 strikeouts in a win.
The Bearcats received a strong pitching performance of their own from America East Rookie of the Year Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario). Diamond scattered five hits over eight innings before surrendering the deciding runs in the ninth. With two outs, Vermont doubled and after a walk, the Catamounts hit a ground ball to the left side that worked its way to the outfield grass, scoring the first run. In the next at-bat, Diamond attempted to field a bouncing ball to the left side and threw wild to first, allowing the second run to score.
Binghamton, which advanced to the tournament for the first time in four Division I seasons, returns seven of nine position players and virtually its entire pitching staff for AE Coach of the Year Tim Sinicki in 2006.
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