Immediate Release: April 28, 2007
VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior catcher Pat Haughie (St. James, N.Y.) delivered a walk-off single in the opener and senior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) belted a three-run home run in game two to carry Binghamton (18-12, 12-2 America East) to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Hartford (9-26, 6-8 AE) Saturday afternoon from Varsity Field. The Bearcats won 5-4 and 5-2 to strengthen the team's hold on first place in the America East.
In the bottom of the seventh inning of game one, senior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) hit a two-out double off the top of the fence in dead center and came around to score the winning run when Haughie stroked a 2-2 pitch to center field.
Junior closer Khalid Afify (Binghamton, N.Y.) earned the win with 1.1 innings of relief. After Hartford scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the game at 4-4, Afify entered with runners at first and third and two out in the sixth. He struck out Hawks leadoff hitter Brady Stouffer to end the threat. In the seventh, he struck out one more batter and elicited a pair of line-outs to keep the game tied. Afify (4-1) is 3-0 with two saves in six appearances against America East opponents, and has yet to give up a run. Conference opponents are hitting .050 against him.
Binghamton starter Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario) went 5.0 innings and allowed two earned runs on seven hits. Diamond struck out four and walked one.
Haughie went 2-for-4 with three RBI, Simek was 3-for-3 and Hitchcock went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In game two, sophomore Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse, N.Y.) brought a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning before departing. Dennis (3-0) struck out eight, walked one, and allowed one earned run in a dominant performance. Freshman Murphy Smith (Clifton Park, N.Y.) inherited a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and earned his first collegiate save with one strikeout and two fly outs.
Hitchcock provided the offensive firepower with a three-run home run in the third inning. With the Bearcats up 1-0, he drilled a 2-1 pitch over the right field fence for his third home run of the season. He leads the America East with a .402 average and a .500 on-base percentage.
Hartford outhit BU 4-3 in the game.
The teams will conclude their four-game set with a nine-inning game Sunday beginning at noon.
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