Immediate Release: May 2, 2005
ALBANY, N.Y. - Binghamton (19-18-1, 8-4 America East) peppered Albany pitching for 10 runs on 12 hits en route to a 10-5 victory over the Great Danes (13-15, 4-8 AE) in an America East contest Monday afternoon. The win, BU's 11th in its last 14 games, moved the Bearcats into a three-way tie for second place in the conference standings - just one game behind league-leading Northeastern. Binghamton, which leads the AE in hitting, reached double figures for the fourth time in the last six games.
Junior third baseman Matthieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) blasted his school-record-tying 14th home run of the season - a solo shot in the second inning - and the Bearcats extended a 3-1 lead with three runs in the fifth inning and four more in the seventh. Bergeron, who broke the school record for RBI in a season on Sunday, now shares the home run mark with 2004 all-star Jay Balback. He went 3-for-4 and has 14 RBI in his last eight games and 50 for the season.
Sophomore Mike Van Gorder (Vestal, N.Y.) earned the win with six innings of work. He scattered seven hits and allowed two earned runs, improving to 3-1 on the season.
Sophomore shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) went 3-for-6, sophomore center Pat Haughie (St. James, N.Y.) stroked a two-run single in the seventh inning and was 2-for-2, and sophomore right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Monaco has 13 RBI in his last 13 games.
The Bearcats will next play Le Moyne in a non-conference tilt Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at NYSEG Stadium.
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