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For Immediate Release: April 9, 2004
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Bearcats split twinbill with Hartford to open conference play
BU drops game 1 6-3 before rallying for 8-7 extra-inning win in nightcap

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Binghamton (10-9, 1-1 America East) rallied for an 8-7 win in game two to gain a doubleheader split with host Hartford in the conference openers for both teams. The Hawks posted a 6-3 victory in game 1. With the win, BU has equaled its win total from all of 2003, and the Bearcats still have 26 more games scheduled.

In the nine-inning opener, BU wasted a strong pitching performance from junior David Lind (San Mateo, Calif.), who struck out five and allowed just two singles and no earned runs in five innings. The Hawks, however, scored five unearned runs on three Binghamton errors, and despite being outhit 8-6, Hartford posted the 6-3 win. Lind retired the side in order in each of the first three innings and was in control until the Hawks used both hits along with a walk a hit batter and an error to plate three runs in the fifth inning. Hartford tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning.

The Bearcats left runners stranded in five straight middle innings, and wound up leaving nine on base for the game. Junior first baseman Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, and senior left fielder Joe Costello (Ventnor, N.J.) belted a two-run home run in the eighth inning to account for Binghamton's runs. Boyer went 2-for-4 and senior right fielder T.J. Kowalchuk (Stormville, N.Y.) went 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Game two was a wild affair, with the Bearcats first squandering a 4-0 lead, then rallying to force extra-innings with three runs in their final at-bat. Then in the eighth inning, Boyer walked to lead things off. freshman Junior Mejia (Ventnor, N.J.) came in to run and on a failed pickoff attempt, scampered all the way to third base. With one out, junior center fielder Whitney Powell (Virginia Beach, Va.) doubled to center field, scoring Mejia with the go-ahead run. In the bottom of the inning, Hartford put two runners on and their No. 3 hitter, who had already driven in six runs in the game, launched a shot to the warning track for the final out.

The offensive hero was freshman first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.), who drilled a three-run home run to center field in the seventh inning, pulling BU even at 7-7. Also collecting big hits were Costello and Boyer. Costello hit his second home run of the day and team-high sixth of the season to lead off the second inning. Boyer delivered a two-run double in the fourth inning, which staked the team to a 4-0 lead. Hartford, however, came back with three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth, setting the stage for yet another BU late-inning rally. Junior shortstop Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) went 3-for-4, and senior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del.) went 2-for-4.

Junior reliever Tom Gaube (Vestal) pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to post his second win of the season. He came in for senior starter J.D. Brink (Matamoras, Pa.), who allowed two earned runs in four innings.

The teams will conclude their three-game set with a nine-inning game Saturday at noon.

NOTES
Lind saw his record fall to 1-3 on the season, despite owning a sterling 2.66 earned run average ... The team has now come from behind to win in four of its last five games.

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