For Immediate Release: April 5, 2006
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton baseball overcomes Cornell, weather in 8-3 victory

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. - Sophomore pitcher Ron Miller (Owego, N.Y.) tossed five shutout innings of relief and the Bearcats (10-8-1) overcame visiting Cornell (5-13) 8-3 amid bitter conditions Wednesday afternoon at Varsity Field. Binghamton scored the game's final seven runs to erase a 3-1 deficit.

Miller, who transferred to BU from Monroe Community College, allowed just one hit in five innings of middle relief. He gave up a single to the first batter he faced but then retired the side in order in each of the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings, chalking up five strikeouts.

Binghamton trailed 3-1 before plating three runs in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead for good. The Bearcats added one run in each of the fifth and seventh innings and two more runs in the eighth to complete the scoring. The top of the lineup did the most damage, with BU's top four hitters accounting for seven of the team's eight hits and six of eight RBI.

Junior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) went 2-for-4 with three RBI and junior shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Hitchcock stroked a two-run single in the third inning and added a two-out run scoring single in the seventh. Smucker produced a triple and two singles, including a two-out, two-run base hit in the eighth inning.

Senior David Lind (San Mateo, Calif.) pitched the third inning and received the victory - his first of the season.

Binghamton begins America East play with a four-game set at Stony Brook this weekend. The first game is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday.


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