Immediate Release: March 21, 2010
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Binghamton baseball (4-9) rapped 14 hits and rallied for an 11-10 win in the first of two games at Lehigh Sunday afternoon. The bats fell silent in the nightcap, however, and the Mountain Hawks (4-10) posted a 5-0 win to gain the split.
In the opener, the Bearcats trailed 9-4 in the sixth inning of a scheduled seven-inning game before rallying. Binghamton plated three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to force extra innings. After each team scored once in the eighth, BU got the go-ahead run on a leadoff home run in the ninth inning by senior DH Joe Charron.
Sophomore reliever Alex Adami tossed the final 3.0 innings to get the win. Adami allowed just one hit and one run and struck out three. He fanned two in the seventh to force extra innings and induced a double-play groundout in the eighth to preserve the tie. Adami pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and struck out the final Lehigh batter looking to end the game.
Freshman third baseman Joel Stubbs had the clutch game-tying hit with two out in the seventh. Stubbs stroked a two-run single to right field, scoring sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi, who had singled to lead off the inning, and junior outfielder Peter Bregartner, who had doubled with one out.
Freshman reliever Joe Swindells tossed 3.1 solid innings, allowing two hits and no earned runs. Swindells struck out three and walked none.
Lehigh built its lead with a five-run first inning - the key blow being a three-run home run. The Mountain Hawks then scored four runs - all with two out - in the third frame to chase starter Mike Augliera.
In game two, BU's offense was stymied on five hits - three by Ciocchi. The top four hitters in the lineup went 5-for-15 but the rest of the team was a combined 0-for-16. Lehigh scored twice in the first on a two-run home run and added three insurance runs on three hits and an error in the eighth for the final margin.
The lack of production spoiled another strong showing from junior lefty James Giulietti, who went 7.0 innings and allowed two runs on six hits. Giulietti (1-1) struck out nine and walked just one. He has a 1.54 ERA in four starts this spring.
Ciocchi went 6-for-9 with four RBI in the two games, lifting his season average to an even .400.
Binghamton next embarks on a seven-game trip to Louisiana beginning with a three-game series at Centenary next weekend.
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