Immediate Release: March 28, 2004
PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Binghamton (6-8) split a doubleheader against Pace University (3-9) Sunday afternoon, winning the opener, 5-4, before losing 4-1 in the nightcap. With the split, the Bearcats took two of three games against their former New York Baseball Conference foe.
In the nine-inning opener, BU snapped a 4-4 tie with the decisive run in the eighth inning. Junior catcher Chris Darling (Whitesboro, N.Y.) hit a ground ball that scored senior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del.) from third. Balback had opened the inning with a single and advanced to third on a single by freshman first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.). Freshman reliever Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) earned the win by allowing just one run in 3.1 innings. Junior Tom Gaube (Vestal, N.Y.) got the final two outs to register his first save of the season.
Junior center fielder Whitney Powell (Virginia Beach, Va.) had a two-run single in the second inning - part of a three-run burst that erased a 2-0 Pace lead. Later, Balback delivered an RBI double in the fifth inning as the Bearcats went ahead, 4-3. Pace responded with a run in the bottom of the sixth to even the score at 4-4.
Binghamton managed just six hits in the nine innings, but BU pitchers surrendered just seven. Balback was the lone Bearcat to collect more than one hit. He was 2-fpr-4.
In game two, Pace snapped a 1-1 tie with two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth and limited BU to just two hits en route to the 4-1 seven-inning victory. Hitchcock's RBI double in the fourth inning accounted for Binghamton's only run.
next plays at Youngstown State on Saturday. The doubleheader
is set to begin at 3 p.m.
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