Release: April 1, 2009
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball (7-10) rallied in each of the last two innings before host Marist (13-9) staged its own comeback with a walk-off two-out, two-run home run to pin a 5-4 loss on the visiting Bearcats Wednesday afternoon at McCann Field.
Binghamton trailed 3-2 before scoring twice in the top of the ninth inning to take the lead. Ace closer Greg Lane then struck out the first two Marist hitters in the bottom of the ninth before disaster struck. Lane issued a walk on a full-count pitch and then Red Foxes No. 3 hitter Ricky Pacione belted the walk-off blast to right center on a 1-1 count.
The Bearcats had also pushed across a run in the eighth to erase a 2-1 deficit. Marist, however, countered with a run in the bottom of the frame to set up the ninth-inning drama. After the teams had gone four straight scoreless innings, they combined for six runs in the final two.
Binghamton used a seven-man pitching rotation by design, with the conference-opening series with Hartford looming on the weekend. Freshman starter Mike Auglieria had the most success with two innings of hitless work.
Junior left fielder Joe Charron went 2-for-3 and senior third baseman Kyle Klee went 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Sophomore catcher C.J. Lukaszewski delivered a key hit with a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning. Senior pinch hitter Tom Baileys plated the go-ahead run in the ninth with a sacrifice fly.
The teams combined for five errors on the cold afternoon, with Marist holding an 8-7 edge in hits. Binghamton stranded 12 runners, including six in the final four innings.
Binghamton hosts Hartford in the America East opening series this Saturday and Sunday at Varsity Field. The two-time reigning regular season champion Bearcats were picked to win a third straight title in the preseason poll and have gone 32-13 in conference play over the last two seasons.
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