Immediate Release: May 1, 2004
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Binghamton and Albany split doubleheader on first day of weekend series
Boyer rocks Albany pitching with record-setting five home runs
Binghamton 14, Albany 7
Albany 6, Binghamton 3
VESTAL, N.Y.--The crowd of 200-plus fans at West Gym Field on Saturday afternoon witnessed an historic performance, as junior first baseman Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) had the kind of day that most hitters only dream about. In eight plate appearances, Boyer saw 22 pitches, took eight swings and clubbed five home runs, helping the Bearcats (17-14, 7-4 America East) gain a doubleheader split with Albany (28-7, 8-3 AE). Boyer mashed three long balls in the nine-inning opener, as Binghamton ransacked Great Danes pitching for 18 hits in a 14-7 victory. In the seven-inning nightcap, Boyer went deep two more times, but Albany collected 12 hits and plated four in the fourth inning for a 6-3 victory.
Windy and humid conditions throughout the afternoon resulted in the two squads combining for 30 runs, 46 hits and 10 homers in the 16 innings of play. Boyer, senior outfielder T.J. Kowalchuk (Stormville, N.Y./Carmel) and freshman outfielder Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa./Wyalusing Valley) accounted for seven Bearcat round-trippers, while Albany's top three hitters--Dan Schoonmaker, Kirt Zimniewicz and Derek DeGrazio each went deep once.
In the first game, Binghamton trailed 3-2 but took the lead for good with five runs in the bottom of the fourth. BU then broke the game open with three runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to secure the win. Boyer led off the fourth with the first of his home runs, and Hitchcock had a three-run shot in the inning. Hitchcock and senior outfielder Joe Costello (Ventnor, N.J./Cumberland CC) stroked run-scoring singles in the fifth and Boyer's two-run bomb supplied the runs in the sixth.
Junior pitcher David Lind (San Mateo, Calif./Skyline College) pitched 6.2 innnings to record the win. The 6-foot-3 righthander owns the best ERA of Binghamton's regular starters (3.55) but picked up just his second win of the season. He allowed seven hits and three earned runs before junior southpaw Mike Weglinski (Hyde Park, N.Y./FD Roosevelt) got the final seven outs.
The Great Danes broke a 1-1 tie in the second game with four runs in the top of the fourth and then chased Bearcat starter Chris Darling with a single run in the fifth. Schoonmaker hit a solo homer leading off the fourth and freshman infielder Steve Wyland produced a run-scoring double. Senior catcher Jason Martin and sophomore outfielder Brad Daniels each hit sacrifice flies in the inning.
Binghamton drew closer on an RBI single by Costello in the fourth and Boyer's last home run in the fifth. Boyer came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh with one out and no runners on, and walked on four straight pitches. He finished the day 5-for-7 with six RBI. Kowalchuk was 2-for-6 and scored four runs in the pair of games. His fourth inning double in the nightcap was the 38th of his career and tied him with Tim Macko (1999-01) for the school's career record. Junior shortstop Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) enjoyed a five-hit afternoon, and Hitchcock had four hits, three runs and four RBI.
Senior pitcher Steve Emmerthal went the distance for Albany in the second game, striking out seven and walking just one to pick up his fifth win on the season. Vestal native Kirt Zimniewicz was 5-for-6 and scored four runs on the day.
The teams will conclude their weekend series with a single nine-inning game beginning at noon on Sunday.
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