Release: May 17, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. Binghamton (27-25, 15-8 AE) split a twinbill with visiting Maine (20-28-1, 8-15 AE) Saturday afternoon from Varsity Field, winning 6-5 in 10 innings before losing 7-6 in the nightcap. The split, combined with Stony Brook's 9-6 loss at Albany gave the Bearcats their second consecutive America East regular season title. Binghamton will carry the No. 1 seed into next week's conference tournament, which is being held at SUNY Farmingdale beginning on Thursday. Because the seeds are determined for the four-team tournament, Sunday's final game of the BU-Maine series has been cancelled.
In a wild opening game, BU twice rallied to extend the game, and then won it with a run on two hits in the bottom of the 10th inning. Junior Tom Baileys (Apalachin, N.Y.) ripped a two-out, bases-loaded single to left field to score freshman Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y.) with the winning run. Bregartner had led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.), and after a fly out, advanced to third on a hit batter-walk sequence.
The Black Bears were one routine putout away from claiming the win before BU struck for two unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Down 5-3, James cut the deficit in half with an RBI groundout and then BU plated the tying run when Maine's shortstop booted the potential game-ending grounder. Bregartner, who walked earlier in the inning, scampered home to tie the game at 5-5.
One inning earlier, BU trailed 3-2 with one out before sophomore Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) hit an 0-2 pitch up the middle to score freshman Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y.) and send it to extra innings.
Binghamton had numerous chances to score runs but stranded 16 runners.
Freshman reliever James Giulietti (Plainview, N.Y.) earned his fourth win of the season with two innings of scoreless relief. Junior lefty Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse, N.Y.) tossed seven strong innings, scattering four hits and two earned runs. Dennis (4-4) struck out five and walked two.
Charron, Taylor and Bregartner had two hits apiece.
In game two, BU led 4-1 before Maine's Mark Ostrander belted a grand slam in the fifth inning to give the Black Bears a 5-4 lead. Binghamton rallied to reclaim the lead with two runs in its half of the fifth. Taylor stroked an RBI single up the middle and BU took advantage of a hit batter, walk and wild pitch to forge ahead 6-5.
But the Black Bears put the first two hitters on in the sixth inning, and after a wild pitch, both scored on back-to-back sacrifice flies. The Bearcats put the tying run on with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the game.
Charron belted his eighth home run of the season - a solo shot in the first inning. Junior Ken Jacobi (Milford, Conn.) added a solo shot to lead off the fourth.
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