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For Immediate Release: April 25, 2004
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Maine baseball takes rubber game of weekend series, 8-4

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.--Visiting Maine (20-16, 5-4 America East) scored five runs in the final six innings to defeat Binghamton (16-12, 6-3 AE), 8-4, Sunday afternoon at West Gym Field. The Black Bears took two of the three weekend games, though the Bearcats held on to second place in the America East with their win. The teams battled through horrendous weather conditions which featured steady rain, a driving wind and temperatures in the low 40s. The game was delayed twice when rain became too heavy.

Maine broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the third inning - all coming with two outs. A walk and four straight hits chased BU starter Andy Hutchings and staked the Black Bears to a lead they would never relinquish. Trailing 5-1 in the sixth inning, Binghamton scored three runs to narrow the gap. Freshman second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) drilled a two-run triple to the right center field wall, and later scored on a wild pitch to make the score 5-4. But with runners on first and second and one out, Maine reliever Ryan Harris got a pop fly and strikeout to end the threat. The Black Bears then tacked on two runs in the eighth inning and another in the ninth for the final margin.

Simek wound up 2-for-4 with 3 RBI - the lone BU batter with more than one hit. The Bearcats struck out 11 times and were issued just one walk from three Maine pitchers. Starter Greg Norton struck out seven in 5.1 innings to pick up the win.

Binghamton continues its homestand with a non-conference game against Le Moyne on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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