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For Immediate Release: May 2, 2004
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Bearcats squander chances in 6-5 loss to Albany
BU outhit Great Danes 13-11 but strand 13 runners

Albany 6, Binghamton 5

VESTAL, N.Y.--In the rubber game of a three-game America East series, visiting Albany (29-7, 9-3 AE) built a 5-1 lead and hung on to defeat Binghamton (17-15, 7-5 AE), 6-5, Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Great Danes maintain a hold on first place in the conference, while the Bearcats slip to fourth. Binghamton committed a season-high five errors and left 13 runners stranded, including seven in the last three innings.

Trailing 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, BU began its rally with an RBI single off the bat of freshman second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.). One inning later, freshman left fielder Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa./Wyalusing Valley) stroked an RBI single to make the score 5-3. But with the bases loaded and just one out, BU's number five and six hitters struck out and grounded out, respectively, to squash the potential rally. In the eighth inning, the Bearcats stranded two more runners, and Albany pushed across the decisive sixth run in the top of the ninth. In their final at-bat, BU strung together four hits, plated two runs and had the tying run at second before Albany shut the door.

Simek wound up 2-for-5 with two RBI and junior center fielder Whitney Powell (Virginia Beach, Va.) was 2-for-5 with an RBI. On the hill, junior reliever Tom Gaube (Vestal, N.Y.) went four innings and allowed just one earned run on three hits.

Albany senior Adam Kroft improved to 6-1 with 6.1 innings of work. He scattered seven hits and allowed three earned runs. Junior Shawn Ryan recorded the final two outs for his ninth save of the season.

Binghamton hosts Le Moyne in a non-conference twinbill Tuesday beginning at 2 p.m.

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