Immediate Release: May 21, 2005
ORONO, Maine - Maine (31-16, 14-7 America East) completed a three-game sweep of visiting Binghamton (23-24-1, 12-8 AE) with a 6-5 triumph Saturay afternoon from Mahaney Diamond. With the defeat - BU's 10th in 12 all-time games against the Black Bears - the Bearcats finished in fourth place in the final America East standings. Binghamton will now take the No. 4 seed into the conference tournament, which begins Thursday in Burlington, Vt. Head coach Tim Sinicki's squad will open play against top-seeded Northeastern at 3:30 p.m. Host Vermont will face Maine in the 7 p.m. game. The four-team tournament is a double-elimination format.
On Saturday, BU trailed 5-3 before scoring two runs in the eighth inning to tie the game. But the Black Bears pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the eighth, courtesy of a walk, a single and a flyout.
Maine outhit the Bearcats 9-8. Binghamton's 3-4-5 hitters struggled in a combined 1-for-10 day.
Sophomore second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) was moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, and went 3-for-5 with one run scored. Monaco wound up 2-for-4 with the RBI, and has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, raising his average 43 points to .316 during that stretch.
Senior designated hitter Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) belted a solo home run in the fourth inning - his ninth of the season and school-record 28th of his stellar four-year career. Boyer's blast eclipsed the mark of 27 home runs accumulated by Jay Balback in 2003 and 2004. Boyer has hits in nine of his last 10 games, and has 10 RBI in that span.
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