Immediate Release: March 20, 2010
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Binghamton baseball (3-8) dropped a slugfest in the opener but rallied to blank host Lehigh in the nightcap to gain a split of their doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The Mountain Hawks (3-9) won the first game 12-9 before BU responded with an 8-0 win in game two.
In the opener, the Bearcats sent 11 men to the plate and scored seven runs in the first inning to jump ahead. But Lehigh rallied with two in the first, one in the third, five in the fourth to take the lead, two in the fifth and two more in the sixth, running through three BU pitchers in the process. The big fourth inning was fueled by a two-out grand slam.
The Bearcats were outhit 13-9 and left 10 men stranded in the seven-inning affair. Freshman Robert Rogers got through 3.2 innings and allowed four earned runs but two BU relievers surrendered seven runs over the final 2.1 innings.
Taylor belted a two-run shot over the left field fence in the sixth inning.
In game two, freshman Jay Lynch pitched a gem, allowing just three hits in eight scoreless innings. Lynch struck out five and didn't walk a batter in earning his first collegiate victory. He retired the side in five of eight innings and only allowed a leadoff double in the first, a double in the fifth and a single in the eighth.
Binghamton, which outhit Lehigh 17-4 in the nine-inning game, plated three runs in the third, four in the fourth and another in the fifth frame.
Taylor went 3-for-5 with a home run (two-run shot in third) and three RBI. Senior DH Joe Charron went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the second straight game. Charron leads the team with a .405 average. Junior center fielder Henry Dunn went 2-for-5 with two stolen bases, two runs scored and an RBI. Junior shortstop Jeff Abrams contributed two doubles in a 3-for-5 showing at the plate and Calderone added a 2-for-4, RBI performance.
Binghamton plays another doubleheader against the Mountain Hawks Sunday beginning at noon.
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