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For Immediate Release: March 9, 2007
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton baseball falls in bottom of ninth at Radford 9-8
Bearcats strand 13 runners, squander 5-1 lead

Box Score

RADFORD, 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.

Three 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 inning.

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.

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