Savannah, Ga. - Binghamton 3-8-1) suffered a pair of one-run defeats at Savannah State (19-3) Friday, including a bitter 11-10 loss in game two. The Bearcats dropped the opener, 4-3, but seemed to have victory in hand in the nightcap. Ahead 10-3 entering the bottom of the seventh, BU surrendered eight runs in the Tigers' final at-bat.
In game one, BU led 2-0 after four innings before Savannah State scored four runs in the fifth inning. The Bearcats got one run back in the sixth inning, but could not push across the equalizer. The loss spoiled a strong pitching outing from junior J.D. Brink (Matamoras, Pa./Cecil CC), who went six innings and allowed just two hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts. Junior center fielder T.J. Kowalchuk (Stormville, Pa./Carmel) went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and 2 RBI. Junior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del./Indiana Institute of Technology) added a solo home run for the Bearcats, who had just five hits for the game.
In game two, BU put five runs on the board in the third inning, two more in the fourth, and three in the top of the seventh inning to take a commanding 10-3 lead. The Tigers, however, responded with back-to-back home runs to open the bottom of the inning, and wound up scoring eight runs on five hits to end the game.
Junior left fielder Joe Costello (Ventnor, N.J./Cumberland County College) belted a grand slam with two outs in the third inning, and wound up going 2-for-4 with five RBI. Sophomore catcher Chris Darling (Whitesboro, N.Y.) hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Senior right fielder Tony Berube (Vestal, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
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