For Immediate Release: February 18, 2005
Contact: John Hartrick
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton baseball loses season opener to No. 28 Oklahoma State, 13-3
Bearcats outhit 12-7 in defeat to reigning Big 12 champions

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STILLWATER, Okla. - Host Oklahoma State (5-3) scored five unearned runs in the sixth inning to pull away for a 13-3 win over visiting Binghamton (0-1) in the season-opener for the Bearcats Friday evening from Reynolds Stadium. The Cowboys, ranked No. 28 in the latest Collegiate Baseball poll, scored in five of eight innings, including the pivotal five-spot in the sixth inning which enhanced a 6-1 margin. Binghamton, outhit 12-7, received hits from six different players, including the first five men in the lineup.

Junior right fielder Aaron Davis (San Francisco, Calif./Skyline College) went 2-for-3 with an RBI, junior designated hitter Mathieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec/Northeast Oklahoma A&M) belted a solo home run, and senior center fielder Whitney Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Dundalk CC) plated BU's other run on a fielder's choice.

Binghamton committed one error in the second inning and another in the sixth. Oklahoma State hit two home runs and totalled six extra-base hits.

"I was pleased with our effort," head coach Tim Sinicki said. "I thought we played well for our first time out, and if not for the errors and unearned runs, we were right there with them. It was encouraging to see."

Bergeron led off the seventh inning with a home run off a 3-2 count, and later that inning, Davis delivered a run-scoring single.

Sophomore starting pitcher Zach Groh (Reading, Pa./The Perkiomen School) went 3 2/3 innings and absorbed the loss. He struck out four and allowed five earned runs. Sophomore Mike Van Gorder (Vestal/Vestal) surrendered no earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of solid relief. Van Gorder also struck out four hitters.

Binghamton continues its three-game set with the Cowboys Saturday at 1:30. The final game of the series is Sunday afternoon.


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