Immediate Release: May 20, 2005
ORONO, Maine - Maine (30-16, 13-7 America East) clinched a spot in the upcoming America East tournament with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Binghamton (23-23-1, 12-7 AE) Friday afternoon from Mahaney Diamond, winning 5-2 and 8-2. The Bearcats, who have already clinched a spot in the four-team championship, dropped from first to fourth place as the top teams in the league jockeyed for seeding in the final regular-season weekend. Northeastern and Vermont are the other teams who have clinched a spot in the tournament, which begins Thursday in Burlington, Vt.
In game one, the host Black Bears broke a 2-2 tie with three decisive runs in the eighth inning after BU junior starter Jarrod Rampey (Rochester, N.Y.) departed. Rampey allowed just two runs in seven innings with seven strikeouts. But Maine struck for three runs on four hits in the eighth inning and the Bearcats went down in order in the ninth to end the game. The Black Bears outhit BU 13-6, and did their damage with singles. The hosts rapped 12 singles and one double.
Sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) was the lone BU player to collect more than one hit. The league's leading hitter went 2-for-4 and lifted his average to .413 after picking up a hit in the nightcap.
In game two, Maine jumped out of the gate with five runs in the first inning, and two Black Bears pitchers limited Binghamton to five hits in the 8-2 win. The Bearcats left eight runners stranded in the seven-inning game. Senior catcher Chris Darling (Whitesboro, N.Y.) went 2-for-3.
Senior designated hitter Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) drove in two runs on the day to lead the Bearcats.
The teams will complete the three-game set with a nine-inning contest at noon on Saturday.
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