Immediate Release: May 1, 2005
ALBANY, N.Y. - Binghamton (18-18-1, 7-4 America East) split a twinbill at Albany (13-14, 4-7 AE) Saturday afternoon from Varsity Field, winning 12-3 before falling 5-4 in eight innings in the nightcap. With the split, BU has now won 10 of its last 13 games and seven of its last eight conference games.
In the opener, junior third baseman Matthieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) had a record-setting performance, belting three home runs and driving in six runs in the 12-3 rout. Bergeron, who already leads the America East in home runs (13) and RBI (1.3/game), broke BU's single-game mark with the six RBI and tied teammate Jamie Boyer's club record of three homers in a game - which Boyer ironically set exactly one year ago against Albany. With the six RBI, Bergeron also broke the school record for RBI in a season, set by Jay Balback last season (45). He raised his season total to 49 and still has 12 regular-season games on the schedule.
For the game, Bergeron was 4-for-5 with three runs scored. He delivered an RBI single in the second inning, a solo home run in the fifth, a two-run shot in the seventh and another two-run shot in the ninth.
The Bearcats stretched a 4-3 lead with three runs in the seventh, three in the eighth and two in the ninth in support of junior Jarrod Rampey (Rochester, N.Y.), who improved to 5-3 on the season with six innings of work. Rampey scattered seven hits and allowed two earned runs.
Sophomore right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the seventh inning and a two-run single in the eighth.
In the nightcap, Binghamton was twice within a whisker of completing the sweep, holding one-run leads in each of the final two innings. With the game knotted at 2, Monaco led off the top of the seventh inning with a single and came around to score on a grounder hit by sophomore shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.). The Great Danes answered in the bottom of the inning, however, on a hit batter, walk, sacrifice and groundout. In the first extra-frame, BU reclaimed the lead on a Monaco sacrifice fly to the wall in dead center, but had another runner gunned thrown out at the plate, and Albany won it on the bottom of the inning with three hits.
Monaco went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. No other BU player had more than one hit. Bergeron was 0-for-3 and saw his hit streak snapped at 13 games. Sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) went 3-for-8 for the day and is hitting .415.
The two teams conclude their three-game set with a single, nine-inning game Monday at noon.
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