Immediate Release: March 30, 2005
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Marist (5-11) stretched a 3-2 lead with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and went on to an 8-3 win over visiting Binghamton (7-10-1) Wednesday afternoon at McCann Field.
In the decisive sixth inning, the Red Foxes needed just one hit, as they took advantage of four walks, two hit batsmen, a BU error and a wild pitch to score four unearned runs. Three Marist pitchers, meanwhile, shut down the Bearcats on five hits over nine innings. Binghamton had entered the game hitting .302 as a team.
Sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) continued his torrid hitting, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Hitchcock, the America East Player of the Week last week, raised his season average to .418. He has collected two or more hits in six straight games and is hitting .667 during that span (16-for-24).
Only two other BU players recorded hits.
Junior third baseman Mathieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) stroked an RBI double in the fifth inning - his team-high 19th RBI of the season. Senior designated hitter Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) produced an RBI groundout in the fourth inning and sophomore second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) drove in the other run with an eighth-inning fielder's choice.
In his first start of the season, freshman Gio Yannuzzi (Binghamton, N.Y.) absorbed the loss after pitching five innings. He scattered six hits - five singles and a double - and allowed three earned runs.
Binghamton is scheduled to host Long Island University in a home-opening doubleheader on April 2.
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