Savannah, Ga. - For the second straight day, Binghamton (3-10-1) dropped a pair of one-run games to Savannah State (21-3), falling 9-8 and 8-7 on Saturday. The Tigers won both games in their final at-bat, making it three straight wins over the Bearcats in their final at-bat.
In game one, BU plated three runs in the second inning, one in the third and four in the fourth to take a 8-5 lead. Savannah State rallied with two in the fifth, one in the sixth and the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh. The Tigers used a walk, stolen base, error and single up the middle to end the game.
Junior center fielder T.J. Kowalchuk (Stormville, N.Y./Carmel) went 2-for-4 with a two-run single in the fourth inning. The Bearcats committed five errors which led to three unearned runs.
Game two was shortened to five innings due to darkness, and Savannah State rallied for the 8-7 win with a walkoff two-run home run in its final at-bat. In the top of the fifth inning, freshman shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) had given BU a 7-6 lead with a two-out, two-run single. Kowalchuk collected two RBI, senior right fielder Tony Berube (Vestal, N.Y.) went 2-for-2, and junior left fielder Joe Costello (Ventnor, N.J./Cumberland County College) went 2-for-3.
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