Immediate Release: March 9, 2007
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Binghamton baseball falls in bottom of ninth at Radford 9-8
strand 13 runners, squander 5-1 lead
Va. - Host Radford University (5-7) rallied with three runs in
the final two innings to edge Binghamton (1-3) 9-8 Friday afternoon
from Dedmon Center Park. The Bearcats led 5-1 after five innings
and 8-6 in the eighth before the Highlanders struck for two in
the eighth to tie, and then scored the winning run on a one-out
bases-loaded hit-by-pitch in the ninth.
BU pitchers surrendered 17 hits, including a pair of two-run
homers, and nine runs and the Bearcats hurt their offensive cause
by stranding 13 runners, including two in the top of the ninth
Trailing 5-1, Radford stormed back with a six-hit, five-run bottom
of the fifth to grab its first lead of the afternoon. That score
stood until sophomore Kyle Klee (Rochester,
N.Y.) tripled in a pair for the Bearcats and then came around
to score on a throwing error in a three-run BU seventh.
With two outs in the eighth, Radford right fielder Corey Greene
belted his second two-run shot to square things away at eight
and setting up the ninth-inning victory. Greene finished the
day 2-for-5 with a game-high four RBI.
Senior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock
(Laceyville, Pa.) finished 3-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored
while senior Jeff Monaco (Binghamton,
N.Y.) plated a pair on a two-run double in the third. Senior
Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.)
went 2-for-5 with an RBI to extend his hitting streak to 17 games
dating back to last season.
Junior Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) made
the start for the Bearcats. Groh allowed five earned runs on
eight hits and recorded a career-high tying 10 strikeouts in
4.2 innings of action. Sophomore Greg Lane
(Binghamton, N.Y.) took the loss, throwing one-third of an inning,
allowing one runs on two hits among five batters faced
The two teams will continue their three-game set with a game
at noon on Saturday.