Immediate Release: May 8, 2005
BOSTON, Mass. - Freshman pitcher Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario) tossed a six-hit shutout to carry visiting Binghamton (20-20-1, 9-5 America East) past Northeastern (19-19, 10-4), 2-0, in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon from Friedman Diamond. The Huskies won the opener 2-1.
Diamond, a 6-foot-2 lefthander, struck out six and walked three in in recording his third win of the season and team-best third complete game. In his last four starts, Diamond has a 1.49 earned run average.
The Bearcats gave Diamond all the support he needed with a two-spot in the fifth inning. Senior designated hitter Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) stroked a single to center field that scored junior center fielder Aaron Davis (San Francisco, Calif.). Davis off the inning with a walk and stole second. Boyer than advanced to second on a groundout and scored on a Northeastern fielding error.
Boyer went 2-for-3 with the RBI. Sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) rapped a single up the middle in the fourth inning for his record-breaking 60th hit of the season. That eclipses the school-record mark of 59, set by Tim Macko in 2000.
Binghamton entered game one as the top hitting team in the America East (.308), but the Bearcats struck out 12 times and were held to one hit over nine innings and the Huskies plated the tiebreaking run in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Northeastern starter Adam Ottavino went seven innings, surrendering only a sixth-inning RBI single to Boyer. Reliever Dave Pellegrine tossed two hitless innings to earn the win. Ottavino was locked in a pitcher's dual with Bearcats starter Jarrod Rampey (Rochester, N.Y.) before departing in the eighth inning after striking out eight and allowing just the one hit. Pellegrine struck out four batters to seal the win.
Rampey pitched a solid game, scattering seven hits over 7.1 innings with six strikeouts. He allowed just one earned run but will be strapped with the loss.
The Huskies plated the winning run in the eighth inning after an infield error, a double and a sacrifice fly.
Because of final exams, the teams will not play the final game of the scheduled three-game series. Binghamton will next host Hartford in a three-game set, Friday and Saturday at Varsity Field.
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