Immediate Release: May 12, 2007
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton (23-15) broke out the bats in a non-conference doubleheader sweep of visiting New Jersey Institute of Technology (11-22) Saturday afternoon from Varsity Field. The Bearcats won 11-3 and 15-1, and have now won eight of their last 11 games.
In the opener, BU stretched a 3-1 lead with four runs in the fourth inning, and then added two more in the fifth en route to the 11-3 win. Junior pitcher Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) allowed just one hit in seven innings to notch his sixth straight win. He struck out 10 and walked one, surrendering only an unearned run in the fourth inning. Groh (6-1) lowered his earned run average to 3.21 and has 77 strikeouts in 61.2 innings.
The Bearcats collected six doubles and two home runs in the nine-inning contest. Senior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) belted a two-run shot in the third inning, and wound up 2-for-5. Senior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) laced a two-run double in the fourth inning and freshman center fielder Henry Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) added a two-run single in the fifth. Both players drove in three runs in the game.
Junior third baseman Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) hit a solo home run to lead off the sixth inning.
The Bearcat outhit their visitors 17-2.
In game two, Simek ripped two doubles and drove in five more runs and BU expanded a 4-1 lead with six runs in the fourth and five more in the sixth inning.
Binghamton starter Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario) went the distance, scattering eight hits and one run in seven innings of work. He struck out four and didn't walk a batter. Diamond (4-3) lowered his earned run average to 3.55.
Simek hit a two-run double in the third inning and hit another two-run double in the fourth.
Senior right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with two RBI, Dunn went 3-for-4 with two RBI and senior shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) went 2-for-2 with two RBI And two runs scored.
The teams will conclude their four-game set with another doubleheader Sunday beginning at noon.
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