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VESTAL, N.Y.-- Junior catcher Kyle Loucks (Johnson City) doubled home the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in game two, giving Binghamton (17-32, 8-10 AE) the split in a conference doubleheader with Albany (20-30, 8-14 AE). The Great Danes took the first game 6-0.
In the first game, Albany struck for all six of its runs in the top of the third inning. Mike Grasso (Albany), Joe Lamb (Deptford, N.J.) and Eddie Scott (Kingston) all reached on infield hits to start the inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Jake Toms (Toronto, Ontario) stroked an RBI single and Dan Schoonmaker (High Falls) lined a two-run double down the right field line. Also driving in runs in the inning were Tony Vallone (Greenwich), Pat Delaney (Fairfax Station, Va.) and Craig Farley (Middleboro, Mass.).
Binghamton starter Greg Sousa (Congers) absorbed all six runs, but still went the distance, allowing only three baserunners after the third inning and no hits after the fourth inning. Sousa walked none and struck out six in the game.
Steve Emmerthal (Jewett City, Conn.) tossed a three-hit shutout for the Great Danes, striking out seven and not allowing a runner past first base in picking up his sixth win of the season.
In game two, Grasso scored on a groundout in the top of the first inning to give Albany a 1-0 lead. Binghamton would strike back in the bottom of the second, however, scoring three unearned runs. Loucks, who had reached on an error to lead off the inning, scored when Tyler McGonigals (Kendall) bunt was misplayed. With runners at second and third, Shawn Collyer (Cortland) delivered a two-run single, giving the Bearcats a 3-1 lead. BU then loaded the bases with still only one out in the inning, but were unable to do further damage.
Albany added a run in the top of the sixth inning when Scott hit a two-out, RBI double. That set up the drama in the seventh inning. Binghamton was one strike away from a 3-2 win when Farley hit a triple to the base of the wall in left-center field. That scored Delaney and Toms, and gave Albany a 4-3 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh.
The Bearcats completed the comeback without making an out in the bottom of the seventh. Sophomore first baseman Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) led off with a triple and Tony Berube (Vestal) -- after fouling off several pitches to stay alive -- was hit by a pitch. That brought up Loucks, whose walk-off double ended the game. Starting pitcher David Eagan (Conklin) went the distance for Binghamton, striking out seven and walking only one for his fifth win of the year.
The teams will play another doubleheader on Sunday, with the first game slated to begin at noon. Binghamton is currently tied for fourth place in the America East conference, pending the outcome of other games today. The top four teams in the seven-team conference advance to the conference tournament, held later this month in Orono, Maine.
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