Immediate Release: May 2, 2004
Contact: John Hartrick (email@example.com)
squander chances in 6-5 loss to Albany
outhit Great Danes 13-11 but strand 13 runners
6, Binghamton 5
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.
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.
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.