Immediate Release: March 5, 2011
LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Host Liberty (5-7) tallied seven runs in the fourth inning and held off Binghamton (2-5), 9-6, to gain a split of the doubleheader Saturday afternoon from Worthington Stadium. The Bearcats won the opener 12-7.
In the opener, the Bearcats were clinging to an 8-7 lead before sophomore third baseman Jordon Smucker belted a grand slam down the right field line in the top of the seventh inning to seal the win. Smucker had an explosive game with six RBI. Earlier he ripped a two-run single as part of a five-run fourth for the Bearcats.
Senior left fielder Jeff Skelhorne-Gross delivered a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning to collect three RBI. Senior center fielder Corey Taylor went 3-for-3, senior right fielder Pete Bregartner had a two-run double in the fourth-inning uprising and junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi went 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
Junior starter Mike Augliera (2-0) earned the win with 4.1 innings of work. Augliera scattered eight hits and four earned runs, struck out four and didn't walk a batter. He stretched his scoreless innings streak to 21 before the Flames scored a run in the third.
In the nightcap, junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi went 3-for-3 with five RBI and the Bearcats brought the tying run to the plate in their final at-bat before coming up short. Ciocchi belted a two-run home run in the third inning to stake BU to a 2-0 lead before the Flames tied it on a two-run shot of their own in the bottom of the frame. Then Liberty tallied seven runs in the fourth - four of them unearned after two BU errors, to forge ahead 9-2. The Bearcats rallied with three runs in the sixth, one more in the seventh and with two runners on base, brough the potential game-tying run to the plate with one out before a strikeout and flyout ended the threat and the game.
Binghamton collected 12 hits in each game, outhitting the host Flames in each.
The two teams finish their four-game set with a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday.
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