Release: May 30, 2009
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Fourth-seeded Binghamton (29-21) outhit top-seeded and host East Carolina (43-17) but surrendered three home runs and couldn't overcome an early deficit in a 11-7 loss in an opening round game of the NCAA Regional on Saturday. The game was originally scheduled for Friday night but lightning and rain forced the cancellation. The Bearcats will now face third-seeded George Mason in an elimination game at 2 p.m.
Binghamton fell behind 11-2 before breaking out the offense. The Bearcats peppered ECU pitching for 13 hits and cut the margin to four, 11-7, before running out of outs. BU stranded eight runners and grounded into three double plays.
"I'm happy with how we competed the last two-thirds of the game," head coach Tim Sinicki said. "There was a sense of excitement early on but we calmed down and played well. It's been our trademark all season long to battle and get within striking range and we did that again today. It's a tribute to our guys."
Down 7-0, Charron put BU on the board with a towering two-run home in the fourth. He hit a 1-out, 2-2 pitch over the left field wall for his sixth home run of the season. Ciocchi, who reached on a fielder's choice, also scored.
Trailing 11-2, the Bearcats scored four runs on five hits in the fifth. Taylor ripped a two-run double to the wall in left, Ciocchi added an RBI single to center and the Bearcats knocked out undefeated first team Conference USA pitcher Chris Heston. It was his shortest stint of the season. Charron then greeted ECU reliever Bailey Daniels with an RBI single to left center. Back-to-back called third strikes and a groundout with runners on first and third ended BU's rally.
Charron added a solo shot in the seventh inning - a two-out blast to left.
Sophomore pitcher James Giulietti pitched 4.2 innings of one-hit shutout relief. Giulietti, normally BU's No. 3 starter, struck out three and shut down the Pirates to keep BU close.
The Pirates wasted little time getting on the board as leadoff hitter Trent Whitehead belted the very first pitch from junior starter Murphy Smith over the left field wall. ECU added another first-inning run on a double, stolen base and balk call on Smith, which brought in the baserunner from third. Smith struck out two in the inning but ECU had a 2-0 lead.
Binghamton put two runners on base in each of the first two innings but came up empty. In the first, senior third baseman Kyle Klee was hit by a pitch with two outs and sophomore right fielder Corey Taylor lashed a single up the middle. But they were stranded on a fly out from freshman first baseman Dave Ciocchi.
In the second, BU wasted a good opportunity with runners on first and second and no outs. Junior designated hitter Joe Charron reached on a throwing error by the shortstop and sophomore right fielder Peter Bregartner followed with a single through the right side. But junior shortstop Jeff Abrams hit a sharp grounder to third and the Pirates executed a 5-4-2 double play as Charron was thrown out trying to score from third. Another groundout ended the inning.
East Carolina added a solo home run in the second, a three-run shot in the third and then chased Smith with four more runs in the fourth.
Charron went 3-for-5 with four RBI and Taylor was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Abrams was 2-for-4 and Ciocchi added an RBI. Sophomore center fielder Henry Dunn went 2-for-5 and stole a home run with a great catch over the wall in the seventh inning. Dunn drifted back on a deep fly and leaped high over the wall to make the final out of the frame.
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