Bearcats self destruct in 17-5 loss to Charleston Southern

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CHARLESTON, S.C. - Binghamton (3-4-1) let a 5-3 lead disappear in the sixth inning as host Charleston Southern plated 14 runs in the final two innings for a 17-5 win Monday afternoon. The scheduled nine-inning game was halted in the bottom of the seventh inning due to darkness.

Bearcats pitchers issued 10 walks and two balks and BU's defense committed three errors that led to five unearned runs.

"We just picked a bad time to play the worst two innings of the year," head coach Tim Sinicki said.

Binghamton trailed 3-1 before erupting for four runs in the top of the sixth inning. Junior left fielder Joe Costello (Ventnor, N.J./Cumberland CC) ripped a two-run double, and junior center fielder T.J. Kowalchuk (Stormville, N.Y./Carmel) and freshman second baseman Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) each delivered an RBI double.

But in the bottom of the inning, the Bucs sent 14 hitters to the plate, and scored nine runs on just four hits. CSU, which was aided by six walks in the inning, then tacked on five more runs in the seventh inning before the game was halted.

Six different Bearcats collected one hit apiece. Junior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del./Indiana Institute of Tech) belted a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Binghamton is scheduled to play Georgia Southern Tuesday night at 6 p.m.


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