Immediate Release: April 9, 2006
Game 1 Box
In the opener, sophomore pitcher Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) tossed a five-hit shutout for his third straight win and BU plated both runs in the team's final at-bat for the 2-0 win. Groh (3-0), who struck out seven and walked one, extended his scoreless innings streak to 20. He scattered five hits - all singles - and allowed just three runners to reach second base. Groh lowered his league-best earned run average to 0.62.
In the seventh, junior shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) led off with a single and one-out later, junior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) added a single. Junior right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) delivered an RBI single, scoring Smucker with the game's first run. Junior designated hitter Jeff Wertepny (xx) followed with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Simek with an insurance run.
With the single, Smucker extended his hitting streak to 12 games. During that span, he batted .405. Smucker's streak ended with an 0-3 showing in game 2.
In that second game, Monaco and senior center fielder Aaron Davis (San Francisco, Calif.) registered two-out RBI singles in the first and second innings respectively to stake BU to an early lead. Monaco then added an RBI groundout - one of two runs the Bearcats plated in the third inning to go ahead 4-0.
Stony Brook countered with two runs in the fifth inning, one in the sixth and had the tying run on first with one out in the seventh before senior reliever Jarrod Rampey (Rochester, N.Y.) induced a game-ending 6-4-3 double play. Rampey recorded the final seven outs to save the game for junior starter Mike Van Gorder (Vestal, N.Y.). Van Gorder allowed just two hits and no earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. He improved to 2-1 this spring.
Binghamton next plays at St. Bonaventure at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
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