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For Immediate Release: May 8, 2004
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Northeastern sweeps baseball twinbill from BU, 19-6 and 7-6

Northeastern 19, Binghamton 6
Northeastern 7, Binghamton 6

VESTAL, N.Y.--Visiting Northeastern (23-15, 10-4 America East) collected 26 runs on 31 hits and swept a doubleheader from Binghamton (19-17, 7-7 AE) Saturday afternoon at West Gym Field, winning 19-6 and 7-6.

In the nightcap, Northeastern rallied from a 5-1 deficit to pull out a 7-6 win and complete the sweep. The Huskies scored three runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh to erase the four-run deficit. A two-out, two-run double by sophomore catcher Matt Morizio was the final blow of the inning.

In its final at-bat, Binghamton plated a run on two hits and had the tying run on second with one out before back-to-back strikeouts ended the rally and the game. The bullpen collapse spoiled a strong pitching outing from freshman Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.), who went five innings, struck out five and allowed just two runs.

Junior shortstop Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Junior center fielder Whitney Powell (Virginia Beach, Va.) delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning that helped the Bearcats stake themselves to the 5-1 cushion.

The Huskies, who entered the day ranked last in the conference in hitting, exploded for 19 runs in the opener, tagging BU pitching for 20 hits, including five home runs and five doubles. Northeastern scored two runs in each of the first three innings, added one in the fifth and then blew the game wide open with seven runs in the sixth inning. Trailing 19-0, the Bearcats ripped five home runs in the final two innings off NU's bullpen, including four in the ninth inning. One blast came off the bat of senior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del.), who swatted a two-run shot for his 12th of the season. Balback, senior right fielder T.J. Kowalchuk (Stormville, N.Y.) and freshman left fielder Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) had two hits apiece. Other Bearcats leaving the yard with solo home runs were sophomore catcher John Hark (Wyckoff, N.J.) in the eighth inning, and Kowalchuk, junior first baseman Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) and freshman center fielder Junior Mejia (Ventnor, N.J.) in the ninth. It was Boyer's 10th of the season and Mejia's first collegiate home run.

Junior center fielder Jeff Heriot went 5-for-6 with a two-run home run, two doubles and three RBI to pace the Huskies. Sophomore shortstop Arman Sidhu was 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and four RBI. Senior pitcher Jordan Thomson allowed just four hits in 7 scoreless innings to improve to 7-2 on the season. Thomson struck out five before giving way to his bullpen.

The Bearcats and Huskies conclude their weekend series with a single nine-inning game at noon on Sunday.

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