Immediate Release: April 18, 2006
In the opener, BU exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning, turning a narrow 5-4 lead into a 13-4 cushion. Binghamton sent 12 hitters to the plate and combined four hits with three walks and three Canisius errors to break the game wide open. Junior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) hit a two-run single to highlight a 2-for-2 performance at the plate.
Junior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) went 2-for-4 with three RBI, junior right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with two RBI and junior designated hitter Jeff Wertepny (Des Plaines, Ill.) went 2-for-2 with a solo home run to lead off the second inning.
Binghamton rallied from a 4-1 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the second inning, making a winner out of freshman starter Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse, N.Y.), who went two innings in a predetermined rotation.
Canisius erased an early 1-0 deficit with four runs in the second inning and then added two more in the sixth frame to complete the scoring.
In game two, BU plated three runs in the first inning and made them hold up, despite being outhit 8-6 by the Griffs. Junior catcher Pat Haughie (St. James, N.Y.) delivered a two-out, two-run single for the big blow. Earlier in the inning, Simek ripped his team-high 10th double of the season - a run-scoring liner down the left field line.
Sophomore pitcher Ron Miller (Owego, N.Y.) scattered seven hits and two runs in five innings to secure his first win of the season. Sophomore Gio Yannuzzi (Binghamton, N.Y.) tossed two scoreless innings to earn the save.
Canisius put the tying run on second and go-ahead run at first with two outs in the seventh inning before a fielder's choice putout at second base ended the game.
The Bearcats head to Burlington to begin a four-game set at America East rival Vermont this weekend. The first game is Friday afternoon at 3 p.m.
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