For Immediate Release: April 27, 2008
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BU baseball record win streak hits nine with sweep of NJIT

Bearcats win 3-2 and 4-1; Holley has five hits, Lane saves both games

Game 1 Box
Game 2 Box

NEWARK, N.J.– Binghamton (19-21) extended its school-record win streak to nine by sweeping NJIT Sunday afternoon at Riverfront Stadium. The Bearcats won 3-2 and 4-1 to complete a second-straight twinbill sweep of the host Highlanders.

In the opener, junior first baseman Ryan Holley (Frankfort, Ill.) went 3-for-4 and drove in all three runs with two-out hits. Holley collected a two-out RBI single to put BU up 1-0 in the first inning. After the Highlanders struck for two in the second inning, Holley countered with a two-run double to tie the score in the fifth. Then he plated the winning run with a two-out single in the seventh inning. In that frame, senior second baseman Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) hit a one-out single, stole second and went to third on a fielding error by the NJIT third baseman. Holley then ripped a 1-0 pitch to center to score James with the winning run.

Sophomore Murphy Smith (Clifton Park, N.Y.) earned the win, going six innings and allowing one earned run on six hits. Smith (4-3) struck out eight with no walks. Junior closer Greg Lane (Binghamton, N.Y.) pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for his sixth save of the season.

Junior DH Tom Baileys (Apalachin, N.Y.) went 2-for-3.

In the nightcap, senior starter Gio Yannuzzi (Binghamton, N.Y.) scattered seven hits in six innings. He struck out four, walked one and didn't allow an earned run in notching his first win of the spring. Lane worked a perfect seventh for his seventh save of the season, the most of any Bearcat in the Division I tenure.

The Bearcats, who were outhit 7-5, broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the fourth inning - both courtesy of passed balls. Binghamton added an insurance run in the seventh on a 1-out solo home run by James. It was his third of the season.

Holley and freshman catcher Jeff Skelhorne-Gross (Mississauga, Ontario) each went 2-for-3.

The Bearcats return home to host Le Moyne at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

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