Release: May 23, 2009
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.
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.
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