Moyne outslugs Binghamton 13-8 in rain-shortened six-inning game
VESTAL, N.Y.--The Bearcats and Dolphins combined to rap out 24 hits and score 21 runs in just six innings on Thursday, as visiting Le Moyne (24-11) defeated Binghamton (8-29-1) 13-8 in a rain-shortened non-conference game at West Gym Field. The game was called after the sixth inning as a heavy thunderstorm moved into the area.
The Dolphins broke open a 5-2 game with seven runs in the top of the fourth inning. After the leadoff hitter was retired, seven batters in a row reached base. Senior outfielder Eddie Harper (Rome, N.Y./Rome Free Academy) and junior outfielder Kyle Brown (Colonie, N.Y.) hit RBI singles and junior infielder Anthony Aquilino (Sicklerville, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) smacked a run-scoring triple. After the fourth run of the inning scored on a throwing error, senior infielder Sam Parkins (Charlottesville, Va./Ablemarle) hit a sacrifice fly and freshman shortstop Michael Affronti (Dix Hills, N.Y./Commack)--who had started the rally with a single--plated the final two runs with a single.
After giving up a single run in the top of the first inning, Binghamton knotted the game at 1-1 in the bottom frame when freshman shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) scored on a wild pitch. Freshman catcher John Hark (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) had an RBI double in the second inning to make it 5-2 before the Dolphins broke the game open in the fourth.
Binghamton plated three more runs in the bottom of the fourth, then tacked on the final three in the sixth inning. Hark struck again in the fourth, hitting a three-run home run for his first career homer. Smucker plated a pair of runs with a double in the sixth inning and junior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del./Indiana Inst. of Tech.) followed with an RBI double.
Harper wound up 3-for-5 for Le Moyne, while scoring twice and driving in a pair of runs. Brown scored three times and Affronti also crossed the plate twice while driving in a pair as well. Le Moyne's fourth-inning rally was strengthened by four stolen bases in the inning.
Hark led Binghamton with a four-RBI day, while Smucker finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in. The game was the fourth in a row and seventh time in the last nine outings that the Bearcats had at least eight hits. Binghamton has raised its team batting average from .240 to .255 in that span and is hitting .304 in the nine-game stretch.
The Bearcats are in action over the weekend with a rare home-and-home series against Lafayette. Binghamton travels to Easton, Pa. for a noon doubleheader on Saturday, and then returns home to host the Leopards in a noon doubleheader on Sunday.
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