Immediate Release: March 3, 2011
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Host Liberty (4-6) rapped 20 hits and broke away from a 2-2 tie with 10 straight runs to defeat Binghamton (1-4) 12-2 Friday afternoon from Worthington Stadium.
Knotted at 2-2, the Flames hit a two-run home run in the fourth and struck for two more on four hits in the sixth to break it open. They knocked out senior starter James Giulietti before he could get an out in the sixth. Giulietti surrendered five runs on 12 hits in a rare off-outing for the reigning America East co-Pitcher of the Year. Liberty then added seven runs off BU's bullpen.
After collecting seven hits in the first four innings, the Bearcat bats fell silent, and BU managed just two hits over the final five scoreless frames. The team was retired in order in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings.
The Bearcats struck first, when senior left fielder Jeff Skelhorne-Gross delivered a two-out single to right that scored senior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski, who had singled with one out and moved to second on a walk.
But the Flames started their first at-bat with a single, RBI triple and RBI groundout to go ahead 2-1. The Bearcats tied it in the fourth on a Lukaszewski two-out single that scored freshman second baseman Daniel Nevares. Nevares had singled with one out and stole second.
But Liberty rattled off 10 straight runs in the final five innings to seize the win.
Lukaszewski went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored but he was the lone Bearcat with more than one hit.
The two teams continue their four-game set with a doubleheader (two seven-inning games) on Saturday. Game one begins at 1 p.m..
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