Release: March 28, 2009
NEW BRITAIN, Ct. -- Binghamton baseball split a doubleheader with host Central Connecticut State Saturday afternoon, winning 20-0 before losing 4-3 at Beehive Field.
In the opener, BU exploded for 20 runs on 24 hits. Already up 11 -0, the Bearcats sent 15 batters to the plate in a nine-run seventh inning. Binghamton put together six straight hits, then had back-to-back batters retired and then responded with another six straight hits before CCSU ended the frame. At one point, BU had four straight RBI hits.
Sophomore center fielder Corey Taylor led the offensive barrage with a 3-for-3, 4-RBI performance. Taylor hit a solo home run in the second, a two-run shot in the third and added a run-scoring single in the fourth. Senior third baseman Kyle Klee went 3-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored. Sophomore right fielder Peter Bregartner was 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored.
Junior Murphy Smith improved to 4-1 with the win. Smith allowed just three hits with six strikeouts and one walk in six shutout innings. Redshirt freshman Walker McKinven pitched a scoreless seventh inning.
But BU needed one of those runs in game two, where they fell short after CCSU staged a late rally. Up 3-1 in the sixth inning, the Bearcats surrendered two runs in the sixth and the deciding run in the seventh. The Blue Devils belted a two-out, two-run home run to tie the score in the sixth, and pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh without the benefit of a hit.
Junior second baseman Jim Calderone went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple in the fifth inning. Junior left fielder Joe Charron produced an RBI single in the first and senior designated hitter Ken Jacobi added an RBI double in the fourth.
Sophomore James Giulietti scattered three runs over six innings. Giulietti struck out five and didn't walk a batter.
The Bearcats play a single game against Sacred Heart at noon Sunday on the campus of fellow America East member Hartford.
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