Immediate Release: May 2, 2010
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Binghamton (20-18, 11-3 AE) amassed 36 runs on 42 hits to defeat host Hartford (8-28, 2-12 AE) 16-5 and 20-8 in a doubleheader Sunday afternoon from Fiondella Field. The Bearcats swept the four-game set and have now won 12 of their last 15 games to grab a firm hold of first place in the America East.
In the opener, BU trailed 4-1 before scoring four runs in the fourth inning, four more in the fifth and seven in the seventh. Sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi went 4-for-6 with a career-high six RBI to lead a 16-hit attack. Ciocchi delivered a two-out, two-run double in the fourth inning and then cleared the bases with a two-out, three-run double in the seventh.
Freshman Jay Lynch (3-4) earned the win with seven innings of work. Lynch scattered seven hits and five runs, struck out five and walked a pair.
In game 2, BU exploded for 20 runs on 26 hits to complete the sweep. One day after hammering a school-record seven home runs in a game 2 drubbing, the Bearcats struck for seven bombs again. Dunn and junior right fielder Peter Bregartner belted two homers each. Dunn, who went 3-for-6 with five RBI, ripped a solo home run in the fifth inning and a grand slam in the sixth. Bregartner, who finished 4-for-5 with four RBI, hit a leadoff homer in the second and another solo shot in the sixth.
The Bearcats led off the second (Bregartner), third (Ciocchi) and fourth (Calderone) innings with solo home runs. In the sixth inning, Taylor (2-run) and Bregartner (solo) joined Dunn with blasts.
Senior second baseman Jim Calderone and Taylor tied the school record with five hits apiece. Each player went 5-for-7. Taylor scored five runs and had two doubles, his 11th home run and three RBI. Calderone had two RBI.
In the four-game set against Hartford, BU hit .446 with 15 home runs and 66 runs scored. Dunn, in particular, had his way with four homers, 10 RBI and a .429 average.
Binghamton hosts Albany in a four-game series this Saturday and Sunday.
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