Immediate Release: February 29, 2004
LYNCHBURG, Va. - Liberty (3-2) rallied from a 6-4 deficit with three runs in the sixth inning and went on to an 8-7 victory over visiting Binghamton (1-3) in a nine-inning game Sunday afternoon. The Flames won three games in the four-game set - the season-opening series for the Bearcats.
Binghamton, which outhit Liberty 10-8 in the game, jumped on the board with three runs in the first inning - courtesy of a three-run home run from senior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del.). The Flames responded, however, with three runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the score. The teams traded single runs over the next two innings, with the Flames adding a run in the second inning before BU plated one in the third inning on a Balback RBI double. In the fourth inning, senior second basmen Matt Caputo (Pine Bush, N.Y.) and junior shortstop Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) delivered RBIs to stake the Bearcats to a 6-4 lead. But Liberty scored three runs in the sixth inning, thanks to a two-run home run and a sacrifice fly. Each team added a single run in the late innings.
Balback wound up 3-for-4 with the home run and four RBI. Senior left fielder Joe Costello (Ventnor, N.J.) and junior first basman Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) each went 2-for-4. Freshman starter Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) allowed four runs in 5.0 innings in his first collegiate start. He did not figure in the decision.
The Bearcats return to action next Saturday and Sunday with a four-game set at Radford University (Va.)
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