Immediate Release: March 19, 2011
DALLAS, Texas. -- Binghamton (4-8) snapped a 3-3 tie with two runs in the ninth inning and beat Dallas Baptist 6-4 to gained a doubleheader split with the hosts, Saturday from Patriot Field. Dallas Baptist (12-7) won the opener 6-4.
"That's a great split today," head coach Tim Sinicki said. "Dallas Baptist is probably the best kept secret in the country ... not many people know much about them but they are a big name in the baseball community. To travel here, play well in both games and find a way to win game 2 is a step in the right direction for our team."
Dallas Baptist has been "receiving votes" in national polls and has put together 32 straight winning seasons. They advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2008 as at at-large team.
In BU's final at-bat of game 2, freshman second baseman Daniel Nevares drove in sophomore catcher Mike Danaher with a grounder up the middle to snap the tie. Then senior designated hitter Jeff Skelhorne-Gross delivered a two-out, bases-loaded RBI single to make the score 5-3.
Winning pitcher Zach Juliano induced a line out and a groundout to end the game after the Patriots brough the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Juliano (1-0) relieved starter Mike Augliera and pitched 2.2 innings of no-hit, scoreless ball. He struck out three and walked one.
In the opener, the Bearcats collected 11 hits but stranded 11 and Dallas Baptist built a 5-1 lead before holding off BU, which left the bases loaded in the eighth inning and brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth.
Smucker went 3-for-4 with an RBI, Howell had two RBI and senior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski had a paif of hits.
Senior starter James Giulietti (0-3) was roughed up for five runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings.
The two teams finish their three-game set with a single game at 3 p.m. Monday.
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