Immediate Release: April 17, 2011
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball (13-17, 5-2 AE) broke out the bats in the late innings, seizing a doubleheader from host Albany (12-18, 5-2 AE) Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats won the opener 9-5 in extra innings before rallying for a 13-11 win in a downpour finish to game two. Binghamton collected 25 hits and 22 runs onthe day, including 12 combined runs in the team's final at-bat of the two games. The Bearcats have now won nine of its last 11 games.
Senior designated hitter Jeff Skelhorne-Gross had a huge day with five hits and six RBI. He has 23 RBI in 20 starts this season and in six conference games, Skelhorne-Gross is hitting .500 with 11 RBI.
In game one, the Bearcats exploded for seven runs in the eighth inning (first extra inning) to break a 2-2 tie and BU held on for a 9-5 win. After the Great Danes had forced extra innings with a tying run in the bottom of the seventh, BU responded in the eighth with five hits. Highlighting the barrage were back-to-back-to-back RBI doubles from sophomore catcher Mike Danaher, freshman shortstop John Howell and freshman center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz. Senior right fielder Peter Bregartner stroked an RBI double to get things started and two more runs scored on wild pitches.
The Bearcats gave three runs back in the bottom of the frame but rewarded sophomore pitcher Jay Lynch with the win. Lynch (3-4) went seven innings and scattered six hits and two runs. He struck out seven and walked one.
Skelhorne-Gross wound up 2-for-2 with two doubles and an RBI. Danaher went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI. Bereszniewicz, Bregartner and junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi had two hits apiece.
In a wild game two that lasted three hours for seven innings, BU trailed 11-8 in its final frame before plating five runs on four hits to turn an 11-8 deficit into a 13-11 win. Bregartner made it 11-9 with an RBI double and then Skelhorne-Gross delivered again - a two-run single to knot the game at 11. Howell stroked an RBI single to give BU the lead and Bereszniewicz added an RBI groundout for the final margin.
Senior reliever Morgan Smith worked out of a jam in the sixth and pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to nail down his second win of the season. With the tying run at the plate and two outs in the sixth, Smith struck out Albany's No. 6 hitter to stop the damage and give the Bearcats a chance to rally. He then induced a pair of flyouts with another strikeout in-between to end the game amid dark and rainy skies in the seventh. Smith lowered his team-best ERA to 2.89 in six appearances this spring.
The Bearcats led 4-0 early before Albany countered with six runs in the third inning. Binghamton answered with three runs in the sixth to go ahead 8-7, but the Great Danes reclaimed the lead with four in the bottom of the inning, setting the stage for BU's seventh-inning rally.
Skelhorne-Gross went 3-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored. Senior left fielder Corey Taylor went 4-for-4 with three runs scored. Bereszniewicz drove in three and freshman second baseman Daniel Nevares went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Ciocchi, the leading hitter in the America East (.383), went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Bearcats play a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at Marist.
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