Release: May 9, 2009
ORONO, Maine. -- Binghamton baseball (23-17, 10-4 America East) suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of host Maine (30-19, 11-7 AE) Saturday afternoon, losing 11-2 and 2-0. It is the first time the Bearcats have been swept in conference play since the opening series of the 2008 season - a span of 10 series'.
In the seven-inning opener, Maine produced three big innings and outhit BU 12-4 in the rout. The Bearcats led 1-0 before the Black Bears scored four runs in the second inning, courtesy of four walks and just two hits. Maine added three runs in the fourth and four more in the sixth.
Freshman first baseman Dave Ciocchi went 2-for-3 and junior shortstop Jeff Abrams hit a solo home run in the third inning. That blast to left center cut BU's deficit to 4-2, but the Black Bears scored the game's final seven runs.
Senior lefty Jeff Dennis (4-4) was chased after just 1 2/3 innings - his shortest outing of the season.
Game two was delayed 35 minutes in the fifth inning and again in the seventh frame before being called due to rain with the Black Bears batting with one out in the bottom of the inning.
Junior righty Murphy Smith (7-2) lost for just the second time this spring, giving up single runs in the second and fourth innings.
Binghamton outhit Maine 6-5 - with six players collecting one hit apiece.
The teams finish their four-game set with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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