Release: April 25, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball (18-15) swept a doubleheader from visiting NJIT 8-2 and 25-1 Saturday afternoon from Varsity Field. The Bearcats belted seven home runs on the day and 10 different players collected RBIs.
In the game two blowout, junior second baseman Jim Calderone broke the school record for RBIs in a game with a 4-for-5, eight RBI performance. Calderone hit a solo home run in the first inning, an RBI triple in the second, a grand slam in the fifth and a two-run single in the sixth. The previous record for RBI in a game was six, set by Mathieu Bergeron against Albany in 2005.
The Bearcats scored two runs in the first, eight in the second, four in the third, four in the fifth and seven in the sixth, amassing 21 hits against the Highlanders.
Junior starter Murphy Smith shut down NJIT in six scoreless innings of work. Smith (6-1) allowed four singles, struck out 11 and didn't issue a walk.
Sophomore outfielder Corey Taylor extended his school record for consecutive games with an RBI to 11 with a 2-for-5, four-RBI showing. Taylor delivered a sacrifice fly in the third inning and a three-run home run in the sixth inning - his 10th home run of the season.
Junior left fielder Joe Charron went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and junior first baseman Matt Simone went 2-for-4 with three-run homer in the third inning and an RBI double in the sixth. Junior shortstop Jeff Abrams went 4-for-4 with a school-record three doubles and three RBI. Sophomore catcher C.J. Lukaszewski went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
In the opener, Taylor went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and RBI triple and the Bearcats scored seven straight runs after training 2-1. Senior pitcher Jeff Dennis (3-3) scattered six hits and two runs in 5.0 innings.
Trailing 2-1, BU nine men to the plate in the fourth inning, rapping seven straight hits, including a two-run home run by senior designated hitter Ken Jacobi. Freshman first baseman Dave Ciocchi and Charron added RBI doubles. One inning later, Taylor belted his team-high ninth home run of the season - a two-run shot over the right field fence.
Freshman reliever Alex Adami pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three and allowing just one hit.
The teams both head to Newark to finish the four-game set with a doubleheader Sunday from Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium.
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