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For Immediate Release: May 4, 2004
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton baseball sweeps twinbill from Le Moyne
Bearcats post wins of 5-4 and 4-3

Binghamton 5, Le Moyne 4
Binghamton 4, Le Moyne 3

VESTAL, N.Y.--Binghamton (19-15) rode the strong pitching performances of seniors Andy Hutchings (Binghamton, N.Y.) and J.D. Brink (Matamoras, Pa.) en route to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Le Moyne (24-17) Tuesday afternoon, winning 5-4 and 4-3. The Dolphins entered the day having won 21 of their last 25 games.

In the first game, Binghamton trailed 3-2 in the sixth inning before loading the bases with one out. Junior catcher Chris Darling (Whitesboro, N.Y.) delivered a two-run single to right field and BU tacked on another run on a wild pitch. The Dolphins plated one run in the seventh and had the tying run at third before sophomore reliever Adam Shatkun (Plainview, N.Y.) induced a game-ending double play. Shatkun earned the win and improved to 4-0 on the season. Hutchings had one of his best outings of the spring. He went 5 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits, striking out four.

Offensively, designated hitter Joe Costello (Ventnor, N.J.) went 2-for-3.

In game two, junior shortstop Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) wreaked havoc on the base paths. stealing three bases including successive swipes of third and home in the first inning. Ford was beaned three times in the game, but came around to score twice. Senior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del.) had the lone BU hit of the game, but it counted twice as his two-run home run left the yard in the third inning to extend Binghamton's lead to 4-0. The Dolphins countered with three runs in the sixth inning of Brink, who then gave way to freshman Mike Van Gorder (Vestal, N.Y.). Van Gorder recorded the final five outs for his first collegiate save. Brink went 5 1/3 innings and allowed four hits and three runs in notching his first win of the season.

The Bearcats return to America East play this weekend when they host Northeastern in a three-game set beginning with a doubleheader Saturday at noon.

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