Immediate Release: April 29, 2007
VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior Mike Van Gorder (Vestal, N.Y.) went seven strong innings and Binghamton (19-12, 13-2 America East) rapped 13 hits and nine runs in a 9-3 win over visiting Hartford (9-27, 6-9 AE) Sunday afternoon from Varsity Field. With the victory, the Bearcats complete a four-game sweep of the Hawks. Binghamton has won eight of its last 10 games and 13 of its last 17.
Van Gorder (4-2), second in the America East in earned run average (2.23), allowed just six hits and two earned runs in 7.0 innings. Trailing 3-2 early on, BU gave him run support with one run in the fourth inning, two in the fifth, three in the sixth and one more in the eighth.
Senior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) capped an outstanding series with a 4-for-5, three-RBI performance. Hitchcock, the conference leader in average and on-base percentage, hit .692 (9-for-13) in the series, and drove in nine runs. On Sunday, he delivered an RBI double in the third inning and a two-run double in the sixth.
Senior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) contributed a pair of RBIs and the Bearcats received two hits apiece from junior center fielder Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.), senior shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) and sophomore third baseman Kyle Klee (Rochester, N.Y.). James and Klee also had an RBI apiece.
Binghamton plays its final non-conference games Tuesday - an away tilt at Le Moyne.
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