Immediate Release: March 25, 2011
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Host New Mexico State (17-5) blew a 5-0 lead but rallied for four runs in the final three innings to defeat Binghamton (4-13) 9-6 Friday night from Presley Askew Field. The Bearcats compiled 11 hits and two BU pitchers allowed just two extra-base hits in the narrow loss.
Trailing 5-0, BU scored three runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth to grab a 6-5 lead. But the Aggies responded with two runs in the sixth inning and added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings for the final margin.
One inning later, the Bearcats struck for three more to take the lead. Taylor was hit by pitch with the bases loaded and senior right fielder Peter Bregartner followed with a two-run single to give BU a 6-5 lead.
New Mexico State took advantage of two walks and a hit batter to plate two runs in the sixth and reclaim the lead for good. The Aggies added another run in the seventh thanks primarily to two more hit batters and they scored the final run in the eighth on three hits.
Freshman center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz went 3-for-4 with two runs scored from the leadoff spot. Senior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Bregartner was 2-for-5 with two RBI and Taylor also had two RBI.
On the mound, junior starter Mike Augliera went 5.1 innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits. Sophomore Lee Sosa pitched the final 2.2 innings, striking out four and allowing two runs on four hits. The pair were hampered by seven walks and five hit batters with a tight strike zone on the road.
The teams finish four-game set with a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.
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