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For Immediate Release: March 31, 2010
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU baseball shows spunk in 13-7 loss to fourth-ranked LSU
Taylor drives in six, BU holds eighth inning lead over reigning NCAA champions

Box Score

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Reigning NCAA champion and fourth-ranked LSU (21-3) needed an eighth-inning rally to push past pesky Binghamton (6-11) 13-7 Wednesday night in front of 10,548 at Alex Box Stadium. The Bearcats were six outs away from a monumental upset before the host Tigers struck for seven runs in the eighth frame to turn a 7-6 deficit into the final six-run margin.

Junior left fielder Corey Taylor had an enormous night at the plate, smacking two home runs - including a grand slam - and driving in six runs. After belting a two-run shot to left field in the third inning, Taylor unloaded on a two-out, 3-2 pitch in the fourth inning and sent it over the right field wall. That shot, Taylor's team-high sixth homer of the young season, gave the Bearcats a 7-5 lead.

LSU got one run back in the fifth inning on a solo home run. In the decisive eighth, the Tigers chipped away at BU's bullpen with five singles and took advantge of two walks and two Bearcat errors to plate the seven runs. The two fielding errors were part of a season-worst four errors BU committed on the night.

Taylor went 2-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI. Junior center fielder Henry Dunn went 2-for-5 with an RBI and junior shortstop Jeff Abrams and junior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski each went 2-for-4.

The Tigers took the lead with a run in the second inning on a leadoff home run. Taylor's third-inning blast put BU ahead 2-1. LSU countered with four runs in the third - thanks to back-to-back walks and a two-out bases-clearing triple. Dunn had an RBI single in the fourth before Taylor connected on the grand slam.

Both teams exhausted five pitchers. LSU outhit Binghamton 11-9.

The Bearcats stay in the state for a three-game set at Louisiana-Monroe, beginning with a single game Friday night.

NOTE
Taylor's six RBI were two off the school record set by senior 2B Jim Calderone against NJIT last April 25... It's a career-high single-game RBI total for Taylor, who hit two home runs in a game for the second time in his career (game 1 of a DH last March 28 vs. Central Connecticut State)

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