Immediate Release: May 18, 2004
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Binghamton routs St. Bonaventure 11-3 in final home game
VESTAL, N.Y.--In its final home game of the season, Binghamton (21-19) produced 13 hits and cruised to an 11-3 victory over visiting St. Bonaventure (25-20) on Tuesday afternoon at West Gym Field. The Bearcats scored all 11 of its runs in the first five innings of the game to sweep the season's home-and-home series with the Bonnies. Binghamton came away with a 13-10 victory in Olean on April 15.
St. Bonaventure pushed home a run in the top of the first inning, but the Bearcats quickly erased their visitors only lead with four runs on only one hit in the bottom of the frame. Junior first baseman Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) had the lone hit, a bases-loaded double off the fence in left field that plated two runs.
Binghamton added single runs in the second and third innings before stretching the margin with three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Seniors Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del./Delaware Tech) and T.J. Kowalchuk (Stormville, N.Y./Carmel) each homered in their final home game. Balback scored and drove in three runs, and Kowalchuk knocked in two while reaching base four times. Junior shortstop Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla./Coffeyville CC) and freshman designated hitter Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa./Wyalusing Valley) each had two hits and scored two runs, as five Bearcats had multiple hit games.
With a pivotal three-game series against Stony Brook starting on Friday, Binghamton rotated through five pitchers in its final non-conference contest. Sophomore righthander Adam Shatkun (Plainview, N.Y.) made the start and pitched two innings to improve to a team-best 5-0 on the season.
Brian Pellegrini lined out to right field for a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning to score the Bonnies first run, and Matt Landahl smacked a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to close out the scoring.
Binghamton concludes the regular season with a nine-inning game on Friday and a Saturday doubleheader against their longtime SUNY rivals. The Bearcats must take two of three from the Seawolves and hope that Hartford can take at least one of three games from Vermont in order to qualify for the four-team America East Championship.
NOTES: Balback's home run was his 13th of the season, tying his own single-season school record set last season ... It was also his 26th career home run, extending his school record ... Kowalchuk moved into a tie for second place on the all-time list with his 21st career long ball ... A starting pitcher normally must work at least five innings in a game lasting longer than eight innings, except when it is prearranged that at least three pitchers will be used ... In such cases, as in today's game, the pitcher of record is considered the winning pitcher.
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