Immediate Release: April 17, 2005
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton (12-15-1, 3-3 America East) scored runs in each of the first six innings and completed a three-game series sweep of visiting Stony Brook (12-20, 2-4 AE) with a 14-6 rout Sunday afternoon at Varsity Field. In the process, the Bearcats extended their win streak to a season-high four games and kept a hold of fourth place in the America East standings.
Junior third baseman Matthieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) got the offense rolling with an opposite-field three-run home run in the first inning and BU plated runs in the second (2 runs), third (2), fourth (4), fifth (2) and sixth (1) innings to build a sizable margin.
The Seawolves actually outhit their hosts 16-14, but BU produced several clutch at-bats (four two-out hits and four two-out RBIs) while Stony Brook stranded 11 runners.
Bergeron's blast was his ninth of the season, which leads the America East. Eight different BU players drove in runs.
Sophomore pitcher Mike Van Gorder (Vestal, N.Y.) earned his first collegiate victory with five innings of work. He allowed four runs before giving way to the bullpen.
Sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, raising his league-leading average to .402. Sophomore shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) and second-year right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) had two hits and two RBI apiece.
Senior left fielder Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored - one on a steal of home in the second inning which gave the Bearcats a 5-0 lead.
Binghamton next plays a non-conference doubleheader at Canisius on April 20.
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