Release: May 11, 2008
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. Sophomore Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y.), freshman Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y.) and junior Kyle Klee (Rochester, N.Y.) combined for 13 RBI and visiting Binghamton (25-24, 13-7 AE) exploded for a season-high five home runs and 19 runs to gain a doubleheader split at Hartford (17-29, 9-11 AE) Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats dropped the opener 5-1 but won the nightcap 19-10 to retain a share of first place in the America East with four games remaining in the regular season. In the process, BU secured a spot in the conference tournament for the third time in the last four years.
Charron led a game two assault on Hawks pitching with a five-RBI showing. He ripped a two-out, three-run home run in the third inning, collected an RBI single in the seventh and added a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Charron has a team-high 41 RBI this spring, including 23 in 20 conference games.
Bregartner went 4-for-5 with four RBI and four runs scored. He hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and stroked a two-run single one inning later. The freshman right fielder is hitting a team-best .330, including a .390 mark against America East opponents.
Klee smashed a grand slam in the fifth inning, erasing a 5-4 deficit and opening up the flood gates. Binghamton plated runs in five straight innings - five in the fifth, three in the sixth, four in the seventh, one in the eighth and two in the ninth - and exhausted eight Hartford pitchers.
Freshman center fielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y.), who drove in six runs in Saturday's sweep, followed with a 3-for-4, 2 RBI performance on Sunday. He belted a solo home run in the sixth inning before Bregartner followed with his solo shot. Taylor hit .636 (7-for-11) in the four-game series, and drove in eight runs. He is batting .400 in conference play.
Junior first baseman Ryan Holley (Frankfort, Ill.) hit a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning - BU's fifth blast of the game.
Freshman reliever James Giulietti (Plainview, N.Y.) picked up his third win of the season with two innings of work.
In the opener, BU outhit Hartford 8-7 but stranded seven runners and the Hawks produced three runs in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth. Charron and Klee stroked back-to-back doubles to open the sixth inning with Klee's RBI hit scoring the Bearcats' lone run.
Sophomore Murphy Smith (Clifton Park, N.Y.) went the distance in defeat. He scattered seven hits and three earned runs, striking out four and walking one.
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