Immediate Release: May 28, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Fourth-seeded Albany (13-39) snapped a 4-4 tie with three runs in the seventh inning and eliminated top-seeded and host Binghamton (31-20), 7-4, in an America East Championship game Friday afternoon from Varsity Field. The Great Danes advance to face Stony Brook in the afternoon contest and will have to beat the Seawolves twice to win the title.
Playing without two first-team all-conference outfielders (Corey Taylor and Henry Dunn) who accounted for 117 RBI on the season, the Bearcats committed five errors and stranded 12 runners. Binghamton put runners on base in each of the first eight innings and outhit Albany 14-9, but couldn't deliver enough clutch hits and saw the team's record-breaking season come to an end.
The game featured five lead changes and two ties. Binghamton jumped on Albany starter Ryan White for 10 hits in 4.1 innings but never delivered the big blow, stranding two runners in the first and two in the third, fourth and fifth innings. The Bearcats scored twice to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning with three hits and an RBI groundout by junior right fielder Peter Bregartner.
But Albany anwered with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the frame and then BU self-destructed in the seventh, commiting three errors, including two in the outfield, as the Great Danes scored three runs on two singles and another bunt single.
Binghamton's last gasp was in the eighth when the tying run came to the plate with one out and runners on first and third but a 5-4-3 double play ended the threat. The Bearcats went down 1-2-3 in the ninth to end the season.
Junior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski went 3-for-4 with an RBI and senior left fielder Joe Charron went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Playing in his final collegiate game, Charron extended his school-record hit streak to 21 games.
Freshman pitcher Jay Lynch went 6.0 innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits. Both starters didn't factor into the decision.
Taylor, the America East Player of the Year, was injured early in Thursday's win over Maine after being hit in the face with a pitch. Dunn was ruled ineligible for the postseason. Senior shortstop Jeff Abrams was ejected in the fourth inning after a controversial out call at the plate, leaving BU without three starters in the lineup.
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