Immediate Release: April 20, 2005
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Visiting Binghamton (13-16-1) split a doubleheader with Canisius (7-21) Wednesday at Demske Sports Complex, winning the opener 8-3 before losing 9-5 in the nightcap.
In game one, sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning, stretching a 4-3 lead to 6-3, and the Bearcats tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning for the 8-3 margin. Hitchcock, who also had an RBI double in the third inning, went 3-for-4 with three RBI. He raised his conference-best batting average to .404 on the season. Senior designated hitter Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) also belted a home run - his seventh of the season - to lead off the third inning.
Sophomore pitcher Khalid Afify (Binghamton, N.Y.) improved to 3-0 with the win. He allowed three hits and three runs in four innings of work before giving way to junior Adam Shatkun (Plainview, N.Y.), who worked three scoreless innings for his team-best fourth save of the season.
Sophomore shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In game two, Canisius broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the bottom of the second inning and despite only managing six hits, plated nine runs in the 9-5 win. Binghamton pitchers issued seven walks and hit three batters in six innings.
Smucker and junior third baseman Matthieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) recorded two hits apiece.
Binghamton returns to conference play with a three-game against UMBC this weekend at Varsity Field.
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