Immediate Release: May 20, 2007
ORONO, Maine - After two days of rainouts, Binghamton baseball (25-17, 16-5 AE) earned a doubleheader split at Maine Sunday afternoon from Mahaney Diamond, and in the process, gained at least a share of the America East regular season title. The Black Bears (21-27, 12-9 AE) took the opener 5-4 before the visiting Bearcats won the nightcap 5-3 in eight innings. Binghamton can claim the title outright with one win in Monday's doubleheader between the two teams.
In game one, the Bearcats led 4-2 before Maine scored twice in the fifth inning to tie the score and then plated the winning run in the sixth inning. Binghamton was hurt by the two-day layoff, as junior pitching ace Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) could only toss two innings, as he will be BU's starter in Thursday's opening game of the America East tournament. In fact, head coach Tim Sinicki limited his top four pitchers to no more than three innings on Sunday, with the postseason tournament looming. Groh, who ranks 17th in the nation in strikeouts, fanned three in his short stint.
Offensively, sophomore designated hitter Kyle Klee (Rochester, N.Y.) went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run in the fifth inning. Freshman left fielder Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) belted his team-high sixth home run of the season and went 2-for-4. Senior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) also went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In game two, Binghamton plated the two decisive runs in the first extra inning - thanks to a Maine fielding error. With two outs, sophomore designated hitter Ken Jacobi (Milford, Conn.) hit a two-out double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Freshman center fielder Henry Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) walked and stole second. Both runners came around to score when senior shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) delivered a hard-hit single past third.
Jacobi wound up 3-for-4 with an RBI. Simek was 2-for-3 with an RBI and junior left fielder Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
The teams will conclude their four-game set with a doubleheader Monday beginning at noon.
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