Release: April 20, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. Junior pinch hitter Tom Baileys (Apalachin, N.Y.) led two different late-inning rallies to lift Binghamton (14-21, 7-5 AE) to a 13-10 win over Albany Sunday afternoon at Varsity Field. The Bearcats plated nine runs in the last two innings to complete a four-game sweep of the Great Danes (9-28-1, 4-8 AE).
In a battle of weary bullpens on the final day of the series, the lead changed hands three times in the last three innings. Albany led 6-4 before Baileys drilled a two-run home run to tie the game in the seventh inning. In just his 20th at-bat of the spring, Baileys crushed the first pitch he saw over the left field fence to even the score at 6-6. Two batters later, freshman center fielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y.) belted a two-run shot over the wall in left center to give BU an 8-6 lead.
Albany, however, rallied for three runs in the top of the eighth inning to reclaim the lead, 9-8. The Great Danes capitalized on three singles, a walk and a run-scoring balk call. Sophomore reliever Matt Simone (Schenectady, N.Y.) entered with one out and a runner on second, and struck out back-to-back hitters to keep BU's deficit at one run.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Binghamton responded again with five runs on four hits. Junior first baseman Ryan Holley (Frankfort, Ill.) tied the game with a one-out single to center. Baileys then ripped a two-run single up the middle to give BU an 11-9 lead. The Bearcats added two more runs on an RBI single by freshman catcher C.J. Lukaszewski (Kingston, N.Y.) and a wild pitch.
Albany, which was outhit 16-13, scratched out a final run in the ninth.
Baileys went 2-for-2 with four RBI, Lukaszewski went 4-for-5 with an RBI, Holley and Taylor drove in two runs apiece, and senior second baseman Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) had two hits and an RBI.
Every BU position player had at least one hit.
Binghamton next plays a non-conference game Wednesday at Le Moyne.
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