Immediate Release: April 10, 2004
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - In a game that featured 28 runs and 37 hits, Binghamton (11-9, 2-1 America East) rallied from a 13-8 deficit in the eighth inning to overtake Hartford (6-14, 1-2 AE) in Sunday's final game of the three-game conference-opening series. With the win, the Bearcats have eclipsed their win total from the entire 2003 season, and hold down a share of first place in the America East standings.
In a game the two pitching staffs would like to forget, Hartford blasted five home runs, but BU posted the team's fifth comeback win in its last six games by scoring seven runs in their final two at-bats. Binghamton trailed 12-6 after six innings and 13-8 entering the eighth inning, when the Bearcats plated five runs on just three hits. Senior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del.) stroked a two-run single and BU took advantage of two walks, two wild pitches and an error from the Hawks, who committed four miscues on the day.
With the score tied at 13-13, BU strung together three hits and again benefited from two Hartford errors to take the lead. With two outs, junior first baseman Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) delivered an RBI single that scored senior left fielder Joe Costello (Ventnor, N.J.) with the go-ahead run. The Bearcats tacked on one more run, then had to sweat out the bottom of the ninth inning, when the Hawks loaded the bases. Junior Chris Darling (Whitesboro, N.Y.), who struck out four in two innings of work, struck out Hartford's designated hitter to end the threat and the game. Darling, BU's third pitcher of the afternoon, earned his first win of the season.
Offensively, Boyer wound up 3-for-4 with four RBI. He hit an RBI single in the fifth inning and a two-run single in the seventh. Freshman catcher Pat Haughie (St. James, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with a pair of two-run doubles and four RBI. Balback wound up 3-for-5 with two RBI and four runs scored.
Binghamton has a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday at St. Bonaventure before returning to conference play with a three-game set at America East newcomer UMBC next weekend.
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