Immediate Release: April 16, 2005
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton (11-15-1, 2-3 America East) swept a twinbill from SUNY rival and preseason conference favorite Stony Brook (12-19, 2-3 AE) Saturday afternoon, winning 4-3 and 8-2 at Varsity Field. The sweep was BU's first in 31 years over a Seawolves team that had won six of the last seven meetings.
Junior third baseman Matthieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) won the opener with a two-out hit in the bottom of the 10th inning, and then the lefty slugger added a three-run home run in the nightcap. Sophomore shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) also had an outstanding day, going 4-for-7 with three runs scored, including the game-winner in game one.
Bergeron, who leads the America East in home runs (8), RBI (33) and slugging percentage (.742), delivered a two-out double to the wall in right center in the bottom of the 10th inning, scoring Smucker with the winning run. Smucker had drawn a walk with one out, and came all the way around from first to end the game.
Junior reliever Adam Shatkun (Plainview, N.Y.) picked up his first win of the season, going two scoreless innings. Junior starter Jarrod Rampey (Rochester, N.Y.) allowed just four hits over eight innings. Rampey struck out five and gave up two earned runs.
Smucker, senior left fielder Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Bergeron collected two hits apiece. Sophomore right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) belted his second home run of the season - a solo shot in the seventh inning that tied the game at 3.
Stony Brook exhausted six pitchers in the game.
In the nightcap, freshman lefty Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario) scattered five hits over seven innings, going the distance for his first collegiate victory. The Bearcats gave him all the offense he needed with four runs in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth.
Smucker smacked an RBI triple to get things started in the fourth, and BU scored three more unearned runs after a Stony Brook throwing error. One inning later, Bergeron connected for his eighth round-tripper of the season - a deep blast over the right field wall.
Smucker and senior designated hitter Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.) had two hits and an RBI apiece.
The two teams close out their three-game set with a nine-inning affair tomorrow at noon.
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