Release: May 10, 2009
ORONO, Maine -- One day after being swept by Maine in a doubleheader, Binghamton baseball (25-17, 12-4 America East) returned the favor on Sunday, posting a twinbill sweep of the host Black Bears (30-21, 11-9 AE), 4-3 and 4-0. The key wins pushed the Bearcats closer to locking up the program's third straight America East regular season title. Binghamton is 12-4 with four games remaining. Second-place Albany sits at 13-7.
Bearcats were one strike away from dropping the opening game,
when sophomore left fielder Corey Taylor
delivered a full-count, two-out RBI single in the seventh inning
to tie the game at 3-3. Then in the 11th inning (fourth extra
inning), BU pushed across the winning run on a suicide squeeze
bunt. Junior designated hitter Joe Charron
led off with a double to left field and was sacrificed to third
by junior shortstop Jeff Abrams. Sophomore
catcher C.J. Lukaszewski then
dropped down a perfect bunt single to score Charron with the
Junior second baseman Jim Calderone went 3-for-6 with an RBI and senior third baseman Kyle Klee was 2-for-4.
In the nightcap, freshman Mike Augliera tossed a two-hit shutout and BU stretched a 1-0 lead with three runs in the fifth inning. Augliera (4-2) allowed a single in the first inning and another single in the fourth and nothing else. He retired the side in order in five innings and struck out eight against just one walk.
The game was scheduled for nine innings but after the opener went to extra innings, game two was switched to seven.
Binghamton hosts Vermont in the final regular-season series Friday and Saturday at Varsity Field.
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