Immediate Release: April 12, 2005
St. Bonaventure appeared to be on its way to a sweep as they plated the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning and put down the first two Bearcat hitters in the bottom of the frame. But senior left fielder Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) singled up the middle, and advanced to second when a sharp grounder by sophomore shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) was bobbled by the Bonnies' shortstop. After a four-pitch walk to leading BU hitter, sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.), Bergeron hit a two-strike flare to center that just eluded the Bonnies' diving center fielder. Ford and Smucker scored to win the game and allow the Bearcats to snap a four-game losing skid.
Ford and Bergeron each collected two hits in the game. For Bergeron, the two RBI were his 28th and 29th of the season, which leads the America East.
Junior reliever Jarrod Rampey (Rochester, N.Y.) picked up the win - his third of the season after inducing a fly out to end the St. Bonaventure rally in the seventh. Binghamton starter Gio Yannuzzi (Binghamton, N.Y.) went a strong 5.2 innings, allowing just one run on four hits. He struck out four.
In the opener, the Bonnies overcame a 4-0 deficit with four runs in the fifth inning and then plated the deciding run on a steal of home in the sixth inning. Senior second baseman Craig King led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice, advanced to third in a passed ball, and then bolted for home before BU sophomore reliever Mike Van Gorder (Vestal, N.Y.) came to the plate with the pitch, and beat the throw.
The Bearcats rapped 12 hits, but stranded eight runners, included four in the final three innings. Sophomore right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple and an RBI double. Sophomore second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored. Hitchcock, Ford and senior center fielder Whitney Powell (Virginia Beach, Va.) also had two hits apiece.
Binghamton hosts Stony Brook in an America East three-game set this weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader on April 16 and a single game on April 17.
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