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For Immediate Release: May 23, 2009
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU defeats Albany 16-6 to capture America East baseball championship
Top-seeded Bearcats win first-ever conference title, advance to NCAAs

Box Score

ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Top-seeded Binghamton (29-20) waited out a nearly two-hour lightning delay before providing its own offensive electricity in a 16-6 romp over second-seeded Albany (26-31-1) the America East championship game Saturday night at Pete Sylvester Field. The Bearcats rolled through the tournament undefeated (3-0) to earn the program's first-ever conference title and NCAA tournament berth in the school's 53rd season of baseball.

The Bearcats, who rapped 20 hits in the 5-hour, 21-minute game, stretched a 3-0 lead with six runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth against their longtime SUNY rival. The cushion was more than enough for senior starter Jeff Dennis (5-5), who went 7.0 innings and scattered four hits and one earned run. Dennis struck out nine.

In the pivotal fourth, BU batted around and scored six runs - the big blow coming off the bat of sophomore right fielder Corey Taylor, who ripped a first-pitch, three-run bomb over the fence in left center for his 15th home run of the season. Taylor's blast made the score 9-0.

Before that, junior second baseman Jim Calderone and senior third baseman Kyle Klee had RBI singles and sophomore center fielder Henry Dunn produced an RBI groundout.

In the fifth BU added three more runs on four hits. Calderone collected a sacrifice fly RBI with a bases-loaded line-out to left and Dunn followed with a two-run triple to deep center.

The teams traded inconsequential runs in the late innings after BU built a 13-1 lead.

Calderone went 3-for-5 with three RBI, Dunn and Taylor had four and three RBI respectively, and junior shortstop Jeff Abrams went 4-for-5 with four runs scored.

NOTES
The Bearcats will await their NCAA regional site and opening game opponent, which will announced at 12:30 p.m. Monday on ESPN... With the victory, BU tied the school record for wins (29) set by last year's team... Calderone, sophomore C.J. Lukaszewski, Dennis and freshman pitcher Mike Augliera were selected to the all-championship team. Calderone was named the Most Outstanding Player after hitting .615 (8-for-13) with four RBI and playing stellar defense at second... The game start was delayed one hour and 45 minutes because the early game went long. Then it was halted after just six minutes and the ensuing lightning delay lasted nearly two hours (1:53). The game finally resumed at 11:44 p.m. but was suspended for 32 minutes at 1:45 a.m. when outfield sprinklers were accidentally activated... BU's 37 runs scored in the three games tied the tournament record.

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