For Immediate Release: March 4, 2007
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Binghamton baseball loses 8-4 at Norfolk State
Bearcats commit six errors, allow seven unearned runs

Box Score

NORFOLK, Va. - Binghamton baseball (1-2) committed six errors that led to seven unearned runs in an 8-4 loss to Norfolk State (9-6) Sunday afternoon at Marty L. Miller Field. The Spartans erased a 2-0 deficit with six runs in the pivotal fourth inning.

Binghamton jumped ahead with single runs in the first and third innings. Senior Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) walked, stole second and came around to score on a single and double-play groundout. In the third inning, Smucker scored again after opening the inning with a single, which extended his hit streak to 16 games (13 in a row to end the 2006 season). Three batters later, senior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

But the fourth inning was BU's downfall, as Norfolk State batted around and scored six runs on just three hits. Three Binghamton errors and a two-out, two-run double fueled the rally.

Norfolk added two runs on three hits and three more BU errors in the seventh inning before the Bearcats plated a pair in the eighth on a two-run single by senior catcher Pat Haughie (St. James, N.Y.).

Haughie and junior third baseman Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) had two hits apiece.

Binghamton begins a three-game weekend series at Radford University (Va.) with a single game at 3 p.m. on Friday.

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