Immediate Release: May 9, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton (24-18, 15-3 AE) made the most of two hits in the opener and then exploded for 20 hits in game 2 to complete a sweep of visiting Albany (9-34, 8-10 AE), 4-2 and 19-2 Sunday afternoon from frigid Varsity Field. The Bearcats have won eight in a row and 18 of their last 22 games to firm up the team's first-place standing in the America East.
In the opener, BU managed just two hits but freshman righty Jay Lynch tossed six strong innings and BU scratched across four runs. The Bearcats scored once in the first, twice in the second and added an insurance run in the sixth to help offset a pair of Great Danes runs in the top of the sixth.
Lynch (4-4) scattered five hits, struck out seven and walked just one. He allowed only two hits through the first five innings before surrendering a two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning. Freshman closer Alex Adami pitched a scoreless seventh for his third save of the season. With the tying run at the plate and one out, Adami recorded a strikeout (looking) and an infield pop-up to end the game.
The Bearcats' only RBIs were sacrifice flies by senior shortstop Jeff Abrams in the second inning and junior right fielder Peter Bregartner in the sixth. Binghamton also put down two sacrifice bunts and took advantage of two Albany errors and a pair of wild pitches to move from base to base.
In game 2, BU spotted Albany a 2-0 lead before scoring 19 straight runs. The Bearcats plated four runs in the first inning, two in the third, six in the fifth and seven in the eighth, working their way through four Great Danes pitchers. Every BU player had at least one hit and four had three or more hits. The game featured nine doubles, a triple and a home run.
Junior left fielder Corey Taylor went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and five RBI. He cleared the wall in left center in the fifth inning with his 12th home run of the season and his big day boosted his league-leading RBI total to 59, which breaks the school record he set last spring (56).
Freshman third baseman Mike Thompson was 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI and sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi went 3-for-6 with three RBI. Junior right fielder Peter Bregartner went 3-for-5 and senior second baseman Jim Calderone went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Junior Zach Juliano went seven innings and allowed two runs on four hits. After giving up two runs in the first frame, Juliano (3-0) settled down and allowed just one hit over the next six scoreless innings. Senior Matt Simone and sophomore Robert Rogers each tossed a scoreless inning to finish the game.
Binghamton heads to Baltimore for a three-game set at UMBC next Friday and Saturday.
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