Immediate Release: May 21, 2011
ORONO, Maine -- On the final day of the regular season, Maine (29-22, 18-6) won the opener, 6-5 in walk-off fashion and scored five runs in the final three innings in game 2 to complete a 7-2 win and doubleheader sweep of Binghamton (21-26, 13-10 AE) Saturday afternoon at Mahaney Diamond. The Bearcats will carry the No. 3 seed into this week's America East Championship and will open by playing Maine on Wednesday for the fifth time in six days.
In the opener, BU collected 12 hits but committed three errors which led to four unearned Maine runs. The game featured five lead changes.
The Bearcats led 5-4 in the sixth inning of the seven-inning game before the Black Bears tied it on a passed ball in the sixth and won it one inning later on a two-base throwing error.
Sophomore starter Jay Lynch scattered eight hits and two earned runs in five innings of work. He departed with a 4-3 lead but was credited with a no decision.
Senior right fielder Peter Bregartner produced a two-out, two-run single in a three-run fifth inning that pushed BU back on top, 4-3. After Maine tied it in the bottom of the frame, freshman center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz stroked an RBI double to give the Bearcats a 5-4 lead. Another run was erased when sophomore third baseman Mike Thompson was out at home on a failed squeeze attempt.
Bereszniewicz went 3-for-4 with an RBI, sophomore third baseman Jordon Smucker went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and senior left fielder Corey Taylor belted his fourth home run of the season - a solo shot to lead off the second inning.
In game 2, junior Chris Nagorski went 5.0 innings and allowed two runs on six hits. The game was deadlocked at 2-2 before Maine plated four runs on four hits in the sixth inning and added another in the seventh off BU's bullpen, which surrendered five runs in three innings.
Maine outhit BU 12-6.
The Bearcats erased a 2-0 deficit with two runs in the third inning. Sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares hit an RBI single to score Thompson, who had doubled with one out. After a double by Bereszniewicz, sophomore catcher Mike Danaher scored Nevares with a sacrifice fly to center.
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