Immediate Release: May 4, 2007
VESTAL, N.Y. - Junior Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) allowed just four hits in seven scoreless innings and sophomore third baseman Kyle Klee (Rochester, N.Y.) delivered a two-out two-run triple to carry Binghamton (20-13, 14-2 America East) past visiting Stony Brook (22-19, 8-4 AE) 3-0 Friday afternoon in a battle of the top two teams in the America East Friday afternoon. With the win, BU stretched its lead in the conference to four games over the Seawolves - two games in the loss column.
Groh (5-1), the reigning America East Pitcher of the Year, won his fourth straight game. He scattered four singles over seven innings and got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the fourth inning with back-to-back strikeouts. Groh, who ranks 12th in the country in strikeouts per nine innings (11.5) whiffed six and walked just one. He lowered his season earned run average to 3.62.
The Bearcats broke a scoreless deadlock with two runs in the fifth inning. Senior catcher Pat Haughie (St. James, N.Y.) led off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior designated hitter Jeff Wertepny (Des Plaines, Ill.). After a strikeout, senior shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) was walked, putting runners on first and second. Klee then drove a ball off the right field wall, plating Haughie and Smucker.
One inning later, Haughie hit a two-run double to left center, scoring freshman left fielder Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y.), who had singled one batter earlier.
Sophomore pitcher Greg Lane (Binghamton, N.Y.) pitched a scoreless eighth inning before giving way to junior closer Khalid Afify (Binghamton, N.Y.), who worked the ninth for his fifth save of the season.
went 2-for-4 with the two RBI and Haughie also went 2-for-4.
The Bearcats outhit Stony Brook 8-7.
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