Immediate Release: March 26, 2011
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Host New Mexico State (18-5) swept a twinbill from visiting Binghamton (4-15) Saturday from Presley Askew Field. The Aggies won the opener 13-5 and took game two by a 7-3 score.
In the opener, the Aggies did their damage in the fifth (4 runs) and sixth innings (5 runs) and despite being outhit just 14-10, BU couldn't keep up offensively. Trailing 4-0 early, the Bearcats scored twice in the fourth to cut their deficit in half. Junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi led off with his team-high fourth home run of the season. Senior left fielder Corey Taylor followed with a double, moved to third on a groundout and came in to score on an RBI single by senior left fielder Jeff Skelhorne-Gross.
Down 8-2, BU mustered two runs in the top of the sixth. Taylor had a one-out hit and Skelhorne-Gross drilled a two-run home run - his third of the season - over the left field fence. After New Mexico State tacked on five in the bottom of the frame, BU got its final run in the seventh. Ciocchi hit an RBI grounder that scored freshman third baseman Mitchell Hollander, who had opened the inning with a single.
Sophomore pitcher Jay Lynch took the loss after absorbing eight runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings.
In game two, the Aggies built a 4-1 lead and kept BU at bay by scoring in each of their last three innings. The teams each had 10 hits but New Mexico State turned those hits plus seven walks into seven runs.
Senior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski drove in two of BU's three runs. Lukaszewski had a sacrifice fly in the third inning and an RBI single in the seventh. Freshman center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz knocked in the final run with a two-out RBI single in the eighth.
Freshman pitcher Jack Rogalla allowed just two hits in four innings but surrendered three runs (2 earned). Sophomore Joe Swindells finished the game and gave up just two hits and no earned runs in two innings.
Weather permitting, BU is scheduled to host Niagara in its home opener on Tuesday.
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