Immediate Release: April 28, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Visiting Cornell (14-19) erased a 3-0 first inning deficit with 12 straight runs and held off Binghamton (16-18) 12-8 in a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon from Varsity Field.
The Big Red scored runs in five straight innings against a predetermined roll call of four BU relievers to turn a three-run hole into a 12-3 advantage by the sixth inning. Binghamton scored the final five runs of the game and brought the potential tying run to the plate with the bases loaded in the ninth before an infield pop-up ended the rally and the game.
With a four-game America East set looming on the weekend, BU sat four starters and utilized eight pitchers with seven going one inning each. Cornell tagged four of those pitchers for two or more runs.
Junior outfielder Corey Taylor was a bright spot offensively, driving in three runs to push his team-high season total to 44. In the first inning, Taylor set the BU career home run record with his 29th collegiate blast - a two-run shot in the first inning that cleared the fence in right field. That homer moved Taylor past Jamie Boyer (2001-05) as the school's career leader. Taylor leads the America East with nine home runs this spring. He also added a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.
Most effective among the eight pitchers were junior Zach Juliano and senior Matt Simone, who each tossed hitless innings. Juliano struck out three in a scoreless seventh and Simone, a part-time pitcher, struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth. Simone has allowed just one hit in four scoreless appearances this season.
Cornell stranded 15 runners and BU left 11 on base, including three in the first inning and the final three in the ninth.
Binghamton next heads to Hartford for a four-game America East set this weekend. Saturday's twinbill begins at noon.
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