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For Immediate Release: March 6, 2005
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton baseball tops host Norfolk State 10-2 with late run barrage
Visiting Bearcats plate seven runs in final three innings, earn first win of season

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NORFOLK, Va. - Visiting Binghamton (1-3) broke open a close game with seven runs in the final three innings and rolled to a 10-2 win over Norfolk State (2-13) Sunday afternoon from Marty Miller Field - the team's first win of the 2005 season. After rain washed out the team's two scheduled games on Saturday, BU rode the solid pitching performance of sophomore pitcher Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.), who allowed just two hits and two runs in seven innings.

"We were disappointed to only play one game this weekend but we certainly made the most of it," head coach Tim Sinicki said.

The Bearcats led 3-2 before scoring two runs in the seventh inning, three in the eighth inning and two more in the ninth. That was more than enough for Groh, who struck out six and walked two in recording his first win of the season (1-1).

Offensively, the heart of BU's order did the most damage. Junior clean-up hitter Matthieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) went 2-for-3 with two RBI and hitting right behind him, sophomore second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple. Simek's replacement, junior Matt Fernandez (Benicia, Calif.), delivered a pinch-hit, two-run single in the ninth inning.

Senior shortstop Keith Ford (Broken, Arrow, Okla.) added an RBI single in the seventh inning.

Simek leads all regular players with a .364 batting average and three RBI after four games (4-for-11).

Binghamton next plays a four-game series at Delaware State on March 12 and 13.

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