Release: April 28, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Freshman infielder Eric Secor delivered a three-run double down the left field line in the eighth inning, breaking a 5-5 tie and lifting Binghamton (21-15) to an 8-5 non-conference win over visiting Marist (22-19) Tuesday afternoon from Varsity Field. The Bearcats squandered leads of 4-0 and 5-2 before winning for the 12th time in their last 14 games.
After Marist scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to tie the game at 5-5, BU struck in the bottom of the eighth, thanks to two hits, a sacrifice and two Red Foxes errors. Secor, who was making just his fourth start of the season, ripped a bases-loaded offering from reliever Jacob Wiley down the line in left, scoring all three runners.
Sophomore reliever Morgan Smith worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the top of the ninth to earn the win. Smith (1-2) pitched three innings and allowed two runs. Freshman starter Walker McKinven worked the first four innings, scattering six hits and two runs. Classmate Alex Adami pitched two innings and gave up an unearned run.
The Bearcats jumped on Marist pitching with five straight hits to open the game and scored four times in the first frame. Marist got two runs back in the third inning before the teams traded single runs until BU's decisive three-run eighth.
Sophomore outfielder Corey Taylor went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in the first inning and three RBI. Taylor, who had his school-record consecutive-games- with-an-RBI streak snapped at 11 over the weekend, collected his 11th home run of the season in the first inning and added an RBI double in the fifth. He has a team-high 40 RBI in 36 games this spring.
The Bearcats return to conference play this weekend with a four-game set at UMBC.
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