Immediate Release: May 8, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Junior pinch-hitter Jeff Skelhorne-Gross ripped a two-out hit to the gap in left center, scoring Corey Taylor from second base with the winning run to complete Binghamton's doubleheader sweep of visiting Albany (9-32, 8-8 AE) Saturday afternoon from Varsity Field. The Bearcats (22-18, 13-3 AE) won the opener 3-2 on junior Henry Dunn's walk-off single and rallied for an 8-7 win in the nightcap. Binghamton has won six in a row, 16 of its last 20 and has a three-game lead over Stony Brook (10-6) for first place in the America East.
In the opener, junior lefty James Giulietti tied the school record with his seventh win of the season and Dunn provided the heroics with a bases-loaded, one-out RBI single down the left field line in the bottom of the seventh inning. The hit scored freshman third baseman Mike Thompson, who had led off the inning with a single through the right side. He moved around to third on back-to-back sacrifice bunts before Dunn delievered his third hit of the game.
Giulietti (7-2) is 5-0 with a 0.77 ERA against America East opponents. He struck out nine and walked none, scattering six hits and two runs. In five conference starts, he has 31 strikeouts and one walk in 35 innings of work.
Dunn was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Junior catcher C.J.. Lukaszewski went 2-for-2 with a run scored.
In game 2, BU fell behind 4-0 after Albany collected four hits, including a grand slam in the first inning. The Bearcats got three runs back but the Great Danes chased starter Mike Augliera with seven runs in the first five innings and Albany led 7-5 in the seventh inning. But BU freshman Joe Swindells (4-1) was outstanding in relief, tossing five scoreless innings of one-hit ball to keep the Bearcats in the game.
Binghamton rallied in the bottom of the seventh with a one-out double by Dunn and a two-run home run from sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi, which tied the game at 7-7. Ciocchi's blast over the wall in right center was his fifth of the season.
In the ninth, Taylor walked with two outs and junior right fielder Peter Bregartner was then hit by a pitch, moving Taylor to second. Skelhorne-Gross was summoned from the bench to hit and ripped his first offering to the wall in left center to end the game.
The two teams play another twinbill Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.
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