For Immediate Release: April 29, 2006
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton baseball splits twinbill with Maine, losing 3-1 before winning 4-1
Groh suffers first loss in opener, unearned run streak ends at 42 innings

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VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton (20-16-1, 7-6 America East) scratched out three runs in the fifth inning to snap a 1-1 tie and earn a 4-1 win and split of a conference doubleheader with visiting Maine (26-12-1, 7-2 AE) Saturday afternoon at Varsity Field. The Black Bears won the opener 3-1.

In the fifth inning, BU combined two hits with two walks and two Maine errors to forge ahead. Junior shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) led off the inning with a single and came around to score when the Black Bears' pitcher threw the ball away on a bunt single by junior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) two batters later. Senior center fielder Aaron Davis (San Francisco, Calif.) followed Smucker's hit with a walk and also scored on the wild throw to first. Junior right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) plated the final run on a sacrifice fly to center field.

Senior Adam Shatkun (Plainview, N.Y.) allowed just two hits and no runs in three innings for his first win of the season. Shatkun relieved classmate Jarrod Rampey (Rochester, N.Y.), who allowed just one run in four innings before leaving with an injury.

Each team scored a run in the fourth inning with freshman left fielder Ken Jacobi (Milford, Conn.) accounting for BU's run with a groundout.

In the opener, Maine snapped a 1-1 tie with two runs in the seventh inning off sophomore starter Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.), who leads the nation in ERA. Groh went the distance, striking out nine and allowing just two hits before the decisive seventh. Maine strung together three consecutive hits, including a leadoff double - just the fourth extra-base hit Groh has allowed all season. Groh surrendered an unearned run in the second inning and stretched his streak of not allowing an earned run to 42 innings before giving up the two runs in the seventh. His ERA now stands at 0.75.

Junior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) went 2-for-2 but BU's No. 5-9 hitters went a combined 1-for-15.

The teams will play the final game of the four-game set Sunday at noon.


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