For Immediate Release: April 24, 2011
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BU baseball rallies past Hartford 5-3 with four-run sixth inning
Ciocchi delivers clutch two-out, two-run double for go-ahead runs

Game 1 Box

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball (16-18, 8-2 AE) plated four runs in the sixth inning to rally past visiting Hartford (3-28-1, 1-8 AE) 5-3 Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. The second game of the scheduled twinbill was postponed amid steady rain. It will be played at 11 a.m. Monday at BU's Varsity Field. With the comeback victory, the Bearcats have now won 12 of their last 15 games.

Down 3-1 with two out in the sixth, freshman center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz stroked a two-run double down the left field line to plate sophomore third baseman Mike Thompson and sophomore catcher Mike Danaher and tie the score at 3. Thompson had earned a one-out walk and Danaher followed with a single through the left side.

After a pitching change and a walk to freshman second baseman Daniel Nevares, junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi belted the first pitch he saw to the gap in left center, scoring Bereszniewicz and Nevares with the go-ahead runs.

Senior reliever Zach Juliano shut down the Hawks in order in the seventh to seal the win. Juliano (2-2) tossed 1.2 hitless innings and struck out three. He entered with one down and a runner on second in the sixth inning and recorded a strikeout and infield lineup to end the threat. Juliano then notched two more strikeouts in the seventh.

Bereszniewicz went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Senior left fielder Corey Taylor went 2-for-4. Ciocchi stayed hot with his two RBI, including his second game-winner in as many days. In Saturday's first game, Ciocchi delivered a walk-off double.

Sophomore starter Jay Lynch went 5.1 innings and allowed three runs in a no-decision. Lynch struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

Hartford jumped ahead with single runs in the first and second innings. The Hawks scored in the first on back-to-back doubles off Lynch. Then in the second, a two-out single pushed Hartford's lead to 2-0.

Binghamton got one back in the fourth. Taylor hit an infield single and went to third after a throwing error by the Hawks' third baseman on a grounder by senior designated hitter Jeff Skelhorne-Gross. Thompson then hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Taylor.

The Bearcats had a chance to score in the fifth after Bereszniewicz and Nevares collected back-to-back singles with one out. After the Hartford center fielder made a stellar diving catch to rob Ciocchi of a bloop hit, Taylor notched an infield single to load the bases. Hot-hitting Peter Bregartner, who was 6-for-8 in Saturday's twinbill, worked the count full before striking out to end the threat.

But in the sixth inning, BU finally got to Hartford starter Anthony Mannuccia, who was well over 100 pitches.

The Bearcats extended their all-time series lead over Hartford to 27-6 and have won 10 straight in the series.

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