Immediate Release: May 26, 2007
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Third-seeded Albany (29-27) hung on in a wild ninth inning to edge top-seeded Binghamton (28-19) 1-0 in the championship game of the America East tournament. The Great Danes won a stellar pitchers' duel, shutting down a BU offense that had averaged more than nine runs a game in the three previous tournament games.
The Great Danes scored the game's lone run in the fifth inning on a two-out sequence of walk, wild pitch and RBI single. Binghamton had its chances, outhitting Albany 6-3, but the Bearcats went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 baserunners. In the ninth inning, BU had the tying run on third base with one out but Albany closer Alexander Beaulieu struck out two of the final three batters to clinch the win. Binghamton opened the inning when junior pinch hitter Ken Jacobi (Milford, Conn.) stroked a single to left center. But Jacobi was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Freshman left fielder Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) drilled a 3-2 pitch to the gap in right center for a triple, putting the tying run 90 feet away. But BU couldn't push the run across.
Senior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with two doubles. In the four games, Simek hit .474 (9-for-19) with a tournament-high seven RBI.
Binghamton received strong pitching from sophomore starter Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse, N.Y.) and sophomore reliever Greg Lane (Binghamton, N.Y.). Dennis allowed three hits and the lone run in 6.0 innings or work. He struck out eight batters before giving way to Lane, who worked three hitless innings.
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