Immediate Release: February 27, 2010
FARMVILLE, Va. -- Binghamton baseball dropped a pair of games on opening day, falling 9-8 and 6-1 to Longwood University. The Bearcats squandered an 8-3 late-inning lead in the opener and then were held to five hits in the game 2 defeat.
In the opener, BU stretched a 2-0 lead with five runs in the fourth inning. After Longwood put two on the board in the sixth, the Bearcats scored in the seventh to turn an 8-3 lead over to the bullpen. The Lancers capitalized with five runs in the bottom of the eighth and the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
The host team's rally spoiled a solid outing from junior lefty James Giulietti, who went 5.0 innings and allowed just two hits and one run. Giulietti struck out three and walked one.
Sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi went 2-for-4 with three RBI and junior center fielder Henry Dunn went 2-for-4 with two RBI to pace the offense. Ciocchi delivered an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run triple in the fourth inning. In that big frame, Dunn had a two-run double and junior right fielder Corey Taylor added an RBI single.
In game two, Longwood scored single runs in the first, second and fourth innings with BU countering with its lone run in the third. Trailing 3-1, the Bearcats' bullpen allowed three runs in the fifth inning of the seven-inning game to complete the scoring.
Taylor went 2-for-3 and Dunn produced the team's only run with an RBI single up the middle.
Longwood outhit BU 10-5.
The teams will finish their three-game set with a single game at noon Sunday. Freshman Jay Lynch is slated to make his collegiate debut on the hill.
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