Immediate Release: April 7, 2007
ALBANY, N.Y. - Binghamton pitchers held Albany to eight hits over 14 innings as the Bearcats (9-8, 3-0 America East) swept a doubleheader from the host Great Danes (10-14, 0-3 AE), 6-0 and 12-5 Saturday afternoon from Varsity Field.
In game one, junior pitcher Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario) tossed five scoreless innings for his second win of the season. Diamond allowed just three Albany singles and the Bearcats gave him offensive support with two runs in the third inning, one in the fourth and three in the sixth. Junior third baseman Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) continued to feast on Albany pitching, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. James, who is hitting .636 (7-for-11) with four RBI in the series, stroked an RBI single in the third and added another in the sixth. Senior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) added a two-run double in the sixth inning to close out the scoring. Sophomore reliever Greg Lane (Binghamton, N.Y.) went the final two innings and didn't allow a hit.
In game two, freshman left fielder Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) blasted a pair of home runs and junior reliever Gio Yannuzzi (Binghamton, N.Y.) pitched 5.2 innings of stellar relief to earn the win. Yannuzzi allowed just two hits and one run in earning his first win of the season. Binghamton scored in five of the seven innings but had to rally from 4-3 down in the third inning. After the Great Danes erased a 3-0 BU lead with four runs in the second inning, the Bearcats responded with three of their own in the third - all on a two-out, bases-clearing double by freshman center fielder Henry Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.). Nursing a 6-5 lead in the fifth inning, BU erupted for five more runs to put the game out of reach. Charron highlighted the frame with a two-run shot down the left field line. He added a solo home run to lead off the seventh inning - his team-best fourth of the spring.
Charron went 2-for-2 with three RBI and four runs scored and Dunn went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Senior right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The two teams will conclude their four-game series with a nine-inning game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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