Immediate Release: May 21, 2007
ORONO, Maine - Junior Gio Yannuzzi (Binghamton, N.Y.) struck out nine and scattered four hits to lead visiting Binghamton (26-17, 17-5 America East) to a 3-1 baseball win over Maine (21-29, 12-11 AE) Monday afternoon from Mahaney Diamond. With the win, the Bearcats clinched the America East regular season title outright - the program's first-ever conference championship (regular season) in 51 years of baseball. Binghamton will carry the No. 1 seed into the America East tournament, and will face the same Black Bears in Thursday's opening game from Long Island. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled as it had no impact on the final standings or seedings.
Yannuzzi was stellar in just his second start of the season. He struck out six batters in the first three innings and only afforded the Black Bears a solo home run in the fifth inning. Yannuzzi (2-0) scattered four hits, struck out nine and walked two.
Binghamton scored two in the fourth inning and added an insurance run in the sixth frame.
Offensively, senior right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI singles and sophomore shortstop Kyle Klee (Rochester, N.Y.) drove in the other run with an RBI single. Senior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) went 2-for-3, raising his season average to .386, which leads the entire conference. Junior third baseman Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.), fifth in the nation in sacrifices, executed two more perfect bunts and went 1-for-1 with a run scored. James has 16 sacrifice hits on the season.
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