Immediate Release: May 3, 2005
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Visiting Le Moyne (20-15) built a 6-0 lead and hung on to defeat Binghamton (19-19-1) 6-4 in a non-conference game played Tuesday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium.
The Dolphins scored three runs in the first inning and added three more in the third. Binghamton countered with one run in the fourth and three in the eighth inning but could pull no closer.
Le Moyne junior third baseman Andre Enriquez belted a three-run home run over the left field wall in the first inning - his eighth of the season and Le Moyne used a pair of RBI singles to spark a three-run output in the third.
Sophomore starter Khalid Afify (Binghamton, N.Y.) then settled down and allowed just one hit over his final four innings of work, and the Bearcats mounted a rally.
Sophomore second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) hit a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning. Binghamton had runners on first and third with one out in the fifth, but a strikeout and flyout ended the threat.
In the eighth inning, sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) sliced an RBI double down the left field line and BU plated two more runs on an RBI groundout by junior third baseman Mathieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) and a Simek sacrifice fly. The Bearcats brought the tying run to the plate but a strikeout ended the inning and the rally. Binghamton went down in order in the ninth inning.
Hitchcock collected hits number 58 and 59 on the season, tying the school record set by Tim Macko in 2000. Hitchcock also boosted his batting average to .413, and is hitting .441 in his last nine games (15-for-34).
Senior left fielder Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and senior designated hitter Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) had two hits apiece. Bergeron's RBI was his 51st of the season, extended his school record and his conference-best total.
The Bearcats head to Boston for a key weekend America East series with league-leading Northeastern. The Huskies hold a one-game lead over Binghamton in the standings.
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