Immediate Release: April 16, 2011
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball (11-17, 3-2 AE) surrendered late-inning leads in both games and suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of host Albany (12-16, 5-0 AE) in an early battle of unbeaten conference rivals Saturday afternoon. The Great Danes won 4-3 and 5-3 to take over sole possession of first place in the standings.
In game one, senior pitcher James Giulietti scattered five hits and two runs over five innings before departing with a 3-2 lead. The Bearcats led 3-0 before the Great Danes tallied twice in the sixth inning and scored the tying and winning runs with two out in the bottom of the seventh (final at-bat).
Junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi hit an RBI single, stole second and came around to score on a two-base catcher's error to push BU's lead to 3-0 in the sixth inning. Just six outs away from a win, BU gave up a single-single-double sequence to start the Albany half of the sixth. Senior reliever Zach Juliano entered and limited the damage with two strikeouts. But in the seventh, three walks and a two-out, two-run single up the middle by Albany's cleanup hitter ended the game.
In game two, junior Mike Augliera tossed seven strong innings and left with the score knotted at 3. But Albany coaxed four walks and scored two tiebreaking runs in the eighth for the difference. The Bearcats brought the tying run to the plate with one out in the ninth but BU's 4-5 hitters struck out and flied out to end the game. The Bearcats stranded 11 baserunners and were outhit 7-6.
Albany jumped ahead 2-0 with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning after the inning was prolonged by an infield error.
Binghamton seized the lead with three runs in the seventh. Ciocchi drove a ball to deep right center for a two-run triple and Taylor followed with an RBI groundout that gave BU a 3-2 lead.
But the Great Danes delivered another two-out hit - an RBI single in the seventh to tie the game, setting up the crucial eighth.
Ciocchi had two hits and two RBI and senior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski went 2-for-5 with a run scored.
The two teams finish their four-game set with another doubleheader Sunday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m.
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