Immediate Release: February 28, 2010
FARMVILLE, Va. -- Binghamton baseball (0-3) dropped the final game of its three-game season-opening set at Longwood, 8-5 Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats outhit the Lancers 13-10 but BU pitchers issued eight walks and the bullpen struggled for the second straight day.
Binghamton jumped out to a 3-0 lead and led 4-2 into the fifth inning. But Longwood plated two runs in the fifth, three in the sixth and another in the eighth to take control. A two-out, two-run home run was the key blow in the sixth.
The Bearcats got one run back in the ninth and had a runner thrown out at home before bringing the potential tying run to the plate with two outs. But a fly out to center field ended the threat and the game.
Taylor and Charron had RBI singles in a two-run BU first inning. Junior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski added an RBI single in the third to put the Bearcats up 3-0. Ciocchi's RBI single in the fourth pushed BU's lead to 4-2.
After Longwood rallied for an 8-4 lead, the Bearcats didn't quit in their final at-bat. Taylor delivered an RBI single and Charron followed with a double, but Taylor was thrown out at the plate. A Lukaszewski walk brought the tying run to the plate in freshman Jordon Smucker, whose fly ball ended the game.
Freshman Jay Lynch pitched four innings in his collegiate debut. Lynch allowed two hits and two runs while striking out two and walking four.
Binghamton next travels to Knoxville for the University of Tennessee tournament. The Bearcats will face Kennesaw State (1 p.m.) and the host Volunteers (5 p.m.) in Friday's two games.
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