Immediate Release: April 20, 2011
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Host Marist (23-12) scored three runs in the eighth inning to overcome a 2-0 hole and defeat Binghamton (13-18) 3-2 in a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon from McCann Field.
The Red Foxes combined three hits with a walk, hit batter and wild pitch in the pivotal eighth, spoiling a solid effort from a collection of BU pitchers.
Each team utilized six pitchers in predetermined fashion. The Bearcats outhit Marist 10-9 but left 10 runners stranded, including the tying run on third in the ninth.
Binghamton snapped a scoreless game with two runs in the sixth frame. Sophomore second baseman Mike Thompson and sophomore first baseman Bijan Mangouri collected RBIs. Thompson stroked an RBI single that scored senior center fielder Corey Taylor, who had led off the inning with a single. Mangouri's groundout scored freshman left fielder Shaun McGraw, who had singled earlier in the inning.
After five pitchers kept Marist at bay through seven innings, the Red Foxes struck in the eighth. They plated the first run on a wild pitch, the tying run on an infield single and pushed across the winning run with another RBI single.
The Bearcats had a chance to tie it in the ninth, moving a runner to third before a foul pop up ended the game. Sophomore third baseman Jordon Smucker coaxed a leadoff walk, was sacrificed to second and took third on a groundout before being stranded.
Binghamton hosts Hartford in a four-game America East series this Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Varsity Field. Both twinbills begin at noon.
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