Immediate Release: April 6, 2010
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Junior center fielder Henry Dunn collected his fifth RBI of the game to push across the winning run in the 12th inning to give Binghamton (7-14) a 10-9 victory over host Cornell (6-10) Tuesday afternoon from Hoy Field. After the Bearcats loaded the bases for the second straight inning, Dunn was hit by a pitch to bring home freshman Mike Thompson with the go-ahead run.
Binghamton, which had squandered a 9-2 lead in the late innings, then survived a dicey bottom of the 12th inning. After the first two Big Red runners reached base and moved to second and third with no outs, senior utility man Matt Simone entered and worked out of the big jam to earn his first career save. Simone, BU's seventh pitcher of the afternoon, produced a strikeout and then intentionally walked a Cornell batter to load the bases. He then induced an infield pop-up and force out at second to end the game.
The Bearcats jumped out to a 9-2 cushion before the Big Red rallied off three BU relievers in the late innings. Binghamton scored four runs in the third inning and after Cornell countered with a pair in the bottom of the frame, BU responded with four in the fourth and another in the sixth to carry a seven-run lead into the seventh inning.
But the Big Red plated four runs in the seventh on four doubles, two in the eighth on a pair of unearned runs and forced extra innings with a leadoff home run in the ninth.
Dunn led the offense with a 3-for-5, five-RBI performance. Dunn delivered two-run singles in the third and fourth innings before taking a beanball to bring in the winning run in the 12th.
Junior left fielder Corey Taylor went 2-for-4 with three RBI. He had an RBI single in the fourth inning and a two-out, RBI single in the sixth. Taylor now has 13 RBI in his last five games and a team-high 28 on the season.
Junior reliever Zach Juliano earned the win after throwing 3.2 innings. Juliano allowed three hits and one run.
Binghamton begins defense of its America East title when it hosts Stony Brook in a twinbill Saturday beginning at noon.
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