Release: April 5, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball (9-10, 2-0 America East) opened defense of its America East regular season crown with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Hartford (4-15, 0-2 AE) Sunday afternoon at Varsity Field. The Bearcats, who have won the last two regular season titles, won 5-4 and 13-0.
In the seven-inning opener, BU rallied from a 4-0 hole with five decisive runs in the fifth inning. After allowing an unearned run in the second and three runs in the third, junior starter Murphy Smith settled in for his fifth win in six starts. Smith shut down the Hawks over the last four innings, allowing no hits and pitching 1-2-3 innings in three of the final four frames. Smith (5-1) struck out 10 batters and walked one.
In the fifth inning, BU sent eight men to plate and scored five runs on three hits and three walks. Sophomore center fielder Corey Taylor delivered a key two-run double and senior DH Ken Jacobi and junior left fielder Joe Charron contributed RBIs. Jacobi's single to center field tied the game at 4-4 and Charron followed with a sacrifice fly to right field to score Taylor with the winning run.
In the nine-inning second game, BU exploded for 13 runs on 21 hits and despite stranding 17 runners, completed the twinbill sweep. Taylor went 4-for-6 with a two-run home run and four RBI. Freshman first baseman Dave Ciocchi went 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI and Charron went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Junior shortstop Jeff Abrams had a two-run single in a seven-run fifth inning.
Binghamton plated four runs in the third, two in the fourth and seven in the fifth inning. Meanwhile on the hill, four BU pitchers held Hartford scoreless on five hits. Sophomore starter James Guilietti earned the win with six innings of four-hit ball. Giulietti (2-1) struck out three and walked one.
The final two games of the series between the two teams have been cancelled due to the rainy forecast for Monday.
Binghamton is scheduled to play a single game at Cornell at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
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