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BASEBALL
Baseball defeats C.W. Post 10-5

Binghamton 10, C.W. Post 5

VESTAL, N.Y.-- After blowing a five run lead in the top of the eighth inning, the Binghamton University Bearcats (16-30) rallied to get all five runs back in the bottom half, defeating the C.W. Post Pioneers (11-30-1) 10-5 in the final game of a three-game series on Sunday afternoon at West Gym Field.

Early on in this game, the Bearcats rode the pitching of senior southpaw David Eagan (Conklin) and led 5-0 entering the eighth inning. Eagan went seven innings in his strongest outing of the season, allowing only two hits, with no runs, no walks and a season-high 10 strikeouts. After allowing a leadoff double in the second inning, Eagan struck out the next two batters and recorded a fly out to end the inning. He also allowed a leadoff double in the seventh, but struck out the side.

The Bearcats opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, sophomore second baseman Matt Caputo (Pine Bush) hit a ball through the right side that just eluded the Pioneer fielder, and two runs scored. In the bottom of the fourth inning, T.J. Kowalchuk (Stormville) led off with a single and after Shawn Collyer (Cortland) reached on an error, Caputo struck again, lining a single up the middle for his third RBI of the game. Tim Collar (Groton) added an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning and Tony Berube (Vestal) hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth to extend the lead to 5-0.

That all changed in the eighth inning, as pinch-hitter Pete Esposito hit a solo home run with one out to break up the shutout. C.W. Post then loaded the bases on two walks and a fielding error. Senior outfielder Greg Annino (Higganum, Conn.) gave Binghamton’s Adam Shatkun (Plainview) a rude greeting, hitting a game-tying grand slam that just stayed fair down the right field line. Shatkun got out of the inning on a ground out and a fly out to preserve the tie, and picked up his first collegiate win.

The Bearcats, undeterred after the setback, got all five runs back in the bottom of the eighth inning off two Pioneer relievers. Tyler McGonigal (Kendall) reached on an error to start the inning. The next two batters were retired, but that’s when the BU bats came alive. Jacob Thiel (San Bruno, Calif.) singled home McGonigal to restore Binghamton’s lead at 6-5. Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) walked, and with runners at the corners, Berube singled to make it 7-5. Kyle Loucks (Johnson City), Collar and Kowalchuk each followed with RBI singles for the final margin.

Matt Caputo wound up going 3-for-4 with three runs batted in on the game, and T.J. Kowalchuk was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Meanwhile, Jamie Boyer drew four walks on the afternoon and needs just two more to set Binghamton’s all-time record for free passes in a season. He currently is tied for ninth on the all-time list for walks in a career.

Binghamton will return to action at home against Le Moyne on Tuesday at 4 p.m. before hosting two important doubleheaders against conference foe Albany next weekend.

       
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