Immediate Release: April 6, 2005
ITHACA, N.Y. - Visiting Binghamton (8-11-1) split a doubleheader with Cornell (6-9) Wednesday afternoon at Hoy Field, dropping the first game 3-2 before plating 11 runs in an 11-2 victory in the nightcap.
Sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) went 4-for-6 on the day, continuing his torrid hitting of late. Hitchcock extended his hit streak to eight games and is batting .667 during that span (20-for-30) with 12 RBI and 14 runs scored.
In the first game, Cornell broke a 2-2 tie with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, courtesy of a leadoff hit batter, a sacrifice and an RBI single. Five BU pitchers held Cornell to just four hits, but the Bearcats could muster only six hits (five singles) themselves. Junior third baseman Matthieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) delivered an RBI double in the first inning and senior left fielder Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) tied the game with an RBI single in the fifth inning.
In game two, BU's offense erupted to the tune of 16 hits and 11 runs. Binghamton plated four runs in the first inning, three in the third and four more in the fifth. Bergeron belted a three-run home run to highlight the fifth inning and Hitchcock went 3-for-3 with an RBI. Senior designated hitter Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) ripped a solo home run in the third inning after hitting a two-run double in the first inning. Boyer and Bergeron each have six home runs on the season - tops in the entire America East Conference. Ford, junior center fielder Aaron Davis (San Francisco, Calif.) and sophomore shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) had two hits apiece.
On the mound, sophomore Khalid Afify (Binghamton, N.Y.) was sparkling in his five innings of work, allowing no hits and striking out three. Afify faced 17 batters and allowed just three baserunners en route to his second win of the season (2-0).
Binghamton will next host Vermont in a three-game weekend series on April 9 and 10 - the team's conference and home openers.
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