Immediate Release: May 17, 2005
Freshman shortstop Matt Vitalone went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI for the Saints, who have won 14 of their last 18 games. Vitalone's two-run double highlighted a five-run first inning that gave Siena a lead it would never relinquish. The Saints collected 13 hits and 10 runs off five Binghamton pitchers, as both squads used a series of hurlers in the non-conference game. Six different Siena pitchers logged time on the mound, with sophomore Trevor Reid earning the win after two hitless innings.
The Saints built a 7-1 lead before Binghamton tightened the game with two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and two more in the seventh to pull to within 7-6. But in the eighth inning, Siena strung together four hits - the big blow being a two-out, two-run double off the bat of freshman third baseman Jacob Willis.
For Binghamton, senior left fielder Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, and in the process, raising his America East-best batting average to .412. Sophomore right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) had two hits and two RBI.
next heads to Orono, Maine for a final three-game America East
set against the Black Bears. The Bearcats have already clinched
a spot in the conference championship, and will be headed to
Burlington, Vermont for the double-elimination tournament on
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