Release: April 19, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. Binghamton (13-21, 6-5 AE) continued its winning ways at home, sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Albany (9-27-1, 4-7 AE) Saturday afternoon at Varsity Field. The Bearcats won 16-5 and 4-3 to improve to 6-1 at home. Binghamton has now won six of its last eight games.
In the opener, BU jumped on Albany pitching for nine runs in the first two innings and collected 16 hits in all, including three home runs and five doubles. The Bearcats scored four in the first, five in the second, two in the fourth, three in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
Junior first baseman Ryan Holley (Frankfort, Ill.) led the charge with a 3-for-5, four-RBI performance. Holley ripped a two-run home run in the first inning - his fourth of the season. Sophomore left fielder Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with three RBI, and junior designated hitter Ken Jacobi (Milford, Conn.) and freshman third baseman Brian Ivan (Toronto, Ontario) each had a solo home run, two hits and two RBI. Senior second baseman Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.
Junior lefty Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse, N.Y.) allowed four hits in 3.2 innings of work before giving way to freshman Morgan Smith (Clifton Park, N.Y.) who earened the win in relief. Smith struck out four and allowed just one hit in 2.1 innings.
In game two, sophomore righty Murphy Smith (Clifton Park, N.Y.) scattered six hits and two runs over five innings and BU built a 4-0 lead before hanging on in the final two frames. Junior reliever Greg Lane (Binghamton, N.Y.) pitched the final two innings for his fourth save of the season.
Binghamton plated two runs in the first, one in the second and one in the fifth to build a 4-0 cushion. But Albany made things interesting with two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh. The Great Danes had the tying run on first in the seventh before Lane struck out Mike Konstanty to end the game.
Freshman right fielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y.) led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run to open the scoring - his fourth of the season. Holley added a run-scoring single for his fifth RBI of the day. In the second inning, James delivered an RBI single to score freshman center fielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y.), who drilled the first of his two doubles two batters earlier. In the fifth, Charron led off with a double and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Jacobi.
Bregartner and Taylor each went 2-for-3.
The teams conclude their series with a nine-inning game at noon on Sunday.
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