Immediate Release: March 26, 2005
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette (9-10) rallied past visiting Binghamton (7-9-1) in its final at-bat twice Saturday afternoon, winning 4-3 in extra innings and 7-6 to complete the sweep. The Leopards scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning (second extra frame) to seize the opener, and then plated four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning of the scheduled nine-inning nightcap. The Bearcats outhit their hosts 20-13 on the day, but committed six errors, including two costly ones in the final frame of game 2.
In the first game, BU snapped a 2-2 tie with a run in the top of the ninth inning. Sophomore second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) led off with a single, and came around to score on a groundout by senior catcher Chris Darling (Whitesboro, N.Y.). But Lafayette rallied in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of two walks, two wild pitches and just one hit to score the tying and winning runs.
Junior right fielder Aaron Davis (San Francisco, Calif.) and sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) each had two hits and Darling drove in a pair of runs. Senior center fielder Whitney Powell (Virginia Beach, Va.) drove in the third run on a groundout.
Freshman pitcher Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario) went 5.0 innings and allowed just one earned run on three hits, but did not factor in the decision.
In the nightcap, BU took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning before Lafayette strung together three hits with two out and took advantage of two crucial Bearcats fielding errors to score four runs. Earlier in the game, BU score five runs in the fourth inning to erase a 3-1 deficit. The Bearcats collected four straight hits to knock Lafayette's starter out of the game, but were held scoreless on four hits over the final five innings.
Simek went 3-for-4 with a solo home run (in the second inning). Hitchcock and senior shortstop Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) each had two hits and an RBI.
Freshman pitcher Mike Van Gorder (Vestal, N.Y.) went 8.2 innings, scattering six hits and allowing three earned runs in his longest and most effective collegiate stint. He struck out four and walked one. After allowing three runs on four hits in the first inning, Van Gorder shut down Lafayette on one hit over the next seven innings before the Leopards rallied in the ninth.
Binghamton travels to Poughkeepsie on Tuesday to face Marist College in a single game beginning at 2:30 p.m.
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