For Immediate Release: April 2, 2007
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Binghamton baseball raps 17 hits but comes up short at BYU 12-10
Host Cougars use nine-run sixth inning rally to take final game of series

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PROVO, Utah - Host Brigham Young (16-13) used a nine-run barrage in the sixth inning to rally past Binghamton (6-6) 12-10 Monday night from Larry H. Miller Field. The Bearcats led 7-2 before surrendering nine runs - eight of them unearned and coming with two outs - in the pivotal sixth inning.

Binghamton outhit BYU 17-15, and nearly tied it up in the ninth inning. The Bearcats scored three times and had the tying run on second base with just one out before a line-out double play ended the game.

Senior shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) enjoyed a career day at the plate, going 5-for-6 with three runs and three RBI. Smucker singled to right in the first inning, reached base on an error in the second, hit a two-run home run in the fourth, a bunt single in the sixth, a single to center in the eighth and an delivered an RBI single to left in the ninth.

Senior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) went 4-for-5 with an RBI, senior designated hitter Jeff Wertepny (Des Plaines, Ill.) went 3-for-4 with an RBI and freshman center fielder Henry Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.).

Binghamton scored twice in each of the first, second and fourth innings to jump ahead. After tacking on another run in the top of the sixth, the Bearcats led 7-2. But the wheels came off in the bottom of the frame, when the Cougars scored nine times, including eight with two outs. A throwing error led to the eight unearned runs. BYU collected seven hits, including a two-run home run, and at one point had eight straight batters reach base.

The Bearcats play a twinbill at Utah Valley State on Tuesday.

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