Immediate Release: May 27, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Top-seeded and host Binghamton (31-19) rode a sterling pitching performance from sophomore starter Mike Augliera to a 6-0 win over second-seeded Maine (34-21) in an America East Championship elimination game Thursday afternoon from Varsity Field. The win was BU's school-record 31st, giving the program its seventh consecutive season of increasing its win total - believed to be an NCAA Division I baseball record.
Augliera scattered eight hits over nine shutout innings and struck out a career-high 11 hitters to keep the Bearcats alive. Binghamton will now face the loser of the Albany-Stony Brook matchup in Friday's first game at 11 a.m. The Bearcats need three more wins to defend their conference title.
Binghamton did all its offensive damage in the first three innings, scoring four runs in the first and single runs in the second and third innings. In the first, BU rapped four hits - the big blow being a two-run home run over the right field fence from sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi - his seventh homer of the season. Freshman third baseman Joel Stubbs hit an RBI double and junior right fielder Peter Bregartner had an RBI single to start the scoring.
Junior outfielder Corey Taylor, the America East Player of the Year and BU's cleanup hitter and center fielder, left the game in the second inning after being hit in the face with a pitch from Maine starter A.J. Bazdanes.
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