Immediate Release: April 24, 2004
In game two, the teams engaged in five extra innings before the Bearcats erased a 7-5 deficit with three deciding runs in the bottom of the 12th inning. The big blow was a two-run single from junior third baseman Brian Lindsay (Horseheads, N.Y.), which scored scored seniors Joe Costello (Ventnor, N.J.) and Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del.). Then with two outs, junior shortstop Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) hit a sharply-hit ball to short, and after the Maine infielder bobbled the grounder, Ford beat the throw on a head-first dive. Freshman second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) scampered home with the winning run. Simek had earlier reached base on a bunt single and advanced to third on Lindsay's hit.
Freshman reliever Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) earned his third win of the season after recording the final two outs of the 12th inning. He took over for junior Chris Darling (Whitesboro, N.Y.), who kept BU in the game with five strong innings of relief. Darling struck out six and allowed four hits and a pair of runs.
The Bearcats jumped on Maine starter Troy Martin with five runs in the first inning - three off the bat of junior first baseman Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.), who blasted a three-run shot. Maine chipped away with three runs in the fourth, one in the sixth and another in the seventh to force extra-innings. The teams then played four scoreless frames before the Black Bears scored twice to take their short-lived 7-5 lead.
Simek went 2-for-6
with an RBI and Boyer went 2-for-5 with the three runs
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