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Baseball swept by Albany in four-game series
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ALBANY, N.Y.--Binghamton (6-24-1, 0-8 AE) dropped a four game series at Albany (14-9, 7-5 AE) .On Friday, Binghamton lost the first game 11-9 as well as the second game 14-2. On Saturday, the Great Danes took the first game 6-1 as well as the nightcap 2-1.

On Friday, the first game looked as if would be a rout, as Binghamton fell behind 6-0 after three innings. The Bearcats, however, rebounded to score five times in the top of the fourth inning. The big blow was a two-run double by senior first baseman Jacob Thiel (San Bruno, Calif./ Canada College). The Great Danes wasted no time answering Binghamton's surge, scoring three more times in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 9-6 advantage.

Binghamton got within 9-7 in the top of the sixth inning on a two-run single by senior outfielder Tony Berube (Vestal, N.Y./ Keystone College). For the game, Berube would go 4-for-4 with three RBI. Albany, however, extended its lead to 11-7 in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Those runs would be important, as Binghamton got to within 11-9 in the top of the seventh inning with just one out. Junior outfielder T.J. Kowalchuk (Stormville, N.Y./ Carmel) had the big blow with a RBI double. Albany, however, got the final two outs to end the game. Junior pitcher J.D. Brink (Matamoras, Pa./ Cecil Community College) took the loss to drop his record to 1-5.

In the second game, Albany jumped all over Binghamton in the bottom of the first inning, scoring nine times to take a quick 9-0 advantage. The Bearcats would get single runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but another four-run outburst by the Great Danes in the bottom of the fifth sealed the game. The Bearcats got nine hits but left seven men on base. Junior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del./ Delaware Institute of Technology) went 2-for-3 with a triple and scored both Binghamton runs. Junior pitcher Mark Messina (Hamburg, N.Y./ Monroe CC) took the loss as his record fell to 2-4.

On Saturday, the Bearcats drew first blood in the opener as junior outfielder Joe Costello (Ventnor, N.J./ Cumberland County College) scored in the top of the second inning to make the score 1-0. The rest of the game, however, belonged to the Great Danes, as they scored in four of the last five inning to lock up the win. Theil (1-5) took the loss.

Trailing 1-0 in the nightcap, Theil scored the tying run in the top of the fifth inning on a RBI single by junior second baseman Matt Caputo (Pine Bush, N.Y.). Albany, however, took the lead right back in the bottom of the fifth inning and held Binghamton scoreless the rest of the way. Sophomore pitcher Mike Weglinski (Hyde Park, N.Y.) took the loss, dropping his record to 2-3 on the season.



Game 1: Albany 11, Binghamton 9

Game 2: Albany 14, Binghamton 2
Game 3: Albany 6, Binghamton 1

Game 4: Albany 2, Binghamton 1
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