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For Immediate Release: April 28, 2004
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Le Moyne outslugs BU 13-7; Kowalchuk becomes all-time hits king

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SYRACUSE, N.Y.--Host Le Moyne (22-14) rapped three home runs and scored in six of eight innings to post a 13-7 non-conference victory over visiting Binghamton (16-13) Wednesday afternoon at Dick Rockwell Field. The Dolphins maintained a 16-11 edge in hits, but made the most of their at-bats, while the Bearcats stranded 10 runners to lose for the fourth time in their last five games.

With a key conference series against Albany looming on the weekend, head coach Tim Sinicki utilized an eight-man pitching scheme, with no individual throwing more than 1.2 innings. But Le Moyne feasted on the majority of the offerings, plating five runs in the second inning and two more in the third to build an early 7-1 lead. After BU scored three in the top of the fourth to trim the margin to 7-4, the Dolphins responded with six runs over the final five innings.

Senior right fielder T.J. Kowalchuk (Stormville, N.Y.) became the program's all-time hits leader with a 2-for-5 peformance. Kowalchuk singled in the fourth inning to tie the record, and his ninth-inning double moved him ahead of Tim Collar (1999-02) with 162 career hits.

Other offensive standouts included junior shortstop Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.), who went 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored. Freshman second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) drilled a two-run home run in the eighth inning and went 2-for-5 on the day, and classmate Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

The Bearcats will next host Albany in a three-game set this Saturday and Sunday. The matchup features the top two teams in the America East Conference, with the Great Danes (7-2) holding a one-game lead over BU (6-3).

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