For Immediate Release: May 14, 2005
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Binghamton baseball topples Hartford 9-3 to complete three-game conference sweep
Ford goes 4-for-4, Van Gorder improves to 4-1; Bearcats score in every inning but one

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior left fielder Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) led a 16-hit attack with a 4-for-4 performance in the leadoff spot, and Binghamton (23-20-1, 12-5 America East) scored in every inning but one en route to a 9-3 win over visiting Hartford (6-26, 3-15 AE) Saturday afternoon from Varsity Field. Seven different Bearcats drove in runs in support of sophomore right-hander Mike Van Gorder (Vestal, N.Y.), who scattered eight hits and three runs over seven innings to improve to 4-1 on the season.

Binghamton snapped a 1-1 tie with a run in the third inning, and then added two in the fourth, single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings and tacked on two final runs in the eighth. Hartford pitchers issued six walks and hit six BU batters. The Bearcats stranded a season-high 18 runners in eight innings.

Ford collected a double and three singles, and also was hit-by-pitch twice. He scored four runs and added an RBI. Sophomore second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) went 3-for-4 with an RBI. For the series, Simek hit a team-best .500.

Sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.), sophomore right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) and junior center fielder Aaron Davis (San Francisco, Calif.) each went 2-for-5 with an RBI. In the three games, Hitchcock went 6-for-13 with five RBI, and continues to lead the America East with a .407 average. Sophomore shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) delivered an RBI double in the fourth inning and a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to plate a team-high two runs.

Junior third baseman Mathieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) padded his league-best RBI count with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. Bergeron now has 54 RBI and is hitting .348.

Binghamton returns to Varsity Field on Tuesday for a non-conference game against Siena.

Binghamton will qualify for the four-team America East tournament with one more conference win or one more loss from both Albany and Stony Brook. The Bearcats will hold down no worse than second place after Saturday's set of league games.


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