Immediate Release: April 20, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton (12-17) rapped 18 hits, built a 12-2 lead and held off visiting Marist 13-10 in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon from Varsity Field. The win was BU's seventh in its last 10 games.
The Bearcats jumped on Marist pitching early, scoring three runs in the first inning, five in the second and four in the third for a 12-2 cushion. But the Red Foxes, the reigning MAAC champions, battled back with five runs in the fifth and three in the seventh to pull within three. Marist might've done further damage had it not stranded 12 runners. The teams used a combined nine pitchers in a midweek battle of the bullpens.
Junior center fielder Henry Dunn went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and four RBI and sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi went 3-for-5 with three RBI to pace BU's offense. Senior second baseman Jim Calderone went 2-for-3, raising his team-best batting average to .398.
Dunn was a double shy of the cycle. He blasted his third home run of the season over the left field wall in the first inning, added a two-run triple in the second and collected a single in the third.
In his first start as a Bearcat, junior Zach Juliano pitched four solid inings to earn the win. Juliano (2-0) scattered four hits and two runs. Junior reliever Morgan Smith tossed two scoreless innings to earn his first collegiate save.
Junior outfielder John Miele notched two career "firsts" with his first RBI in the first inning and his first career home run in the sixth inning. Miele, a walk-on in his second year with the team, produced a run-scoring single in the first inning and then drilled a shot over the right field fence in the sixth for his first collegiate home run.
Binghamton heads to Baltimore this weekend for a three-game set against America East opponent UMBC.
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