Release: April 11, 2009
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball (10-13, 3-1 America East) split a pair of one-run games at Albany Saturday afternoon, losing the opener 2-1 in 10 innings before rallying to capture the nightcap 5-4.
In the scheduled seven-inning opener, BU stranded five runners in the final two extra innings and squandered a stellar pitching performance from the Smith brothers, junior starter Murphy and sophomore reliever Morgan. Murphy Smith went 5.0 innings and allowed three hits and one run before giving way to younger brother Morgan Smith, who worked three hitless innings.
The Bearcats had golden opportunities to snap the 1-1 tie in the seventh, ninth and 10th innings with leadoff singles in each. In the ninth, BU put runners on first and second with no outs, but a double play ended the frame. In the 10th, the Bearcats loaded the bases with one out before a line out and fly out ended the threat. Albany scored the winner in the bottom of the 10th on a hit batter, sacrifice and fielding error.
Binghamton outhit Albany 10-3 in the game but stranded nine runners.
In game two, BU trailed 3-2 before plating three runs in the sixth inning. With two out, the Bearcats received successive RBI singles from junior shortstop Jeff Abrams, sophomore catcher C.J. Lukaszewski and Dunn.
Sophomore pitcher James Giulietti (3-1) earned the win with 6.0 innings of work. Giulietti scattered seven hits and four runs, struck out four and didn't walk a batter. Senior closer Greg Lane notched his fourth save of the spring with one inning of work. After the Great Danes hit a leadoff home run to chase Giulietti in the seventh, Lane got a fly out and two infield pop-ups to end the game.
Dunn went 1-for-2 and is hitting .556 (15-for-27) in nine games this season.
The two teams finish the four-game set with a doubleheader on Sunday.
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