For Immediate Release: May 6, 2007
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BU baseball tops Stony Brook 11-5 to gain split of weekend series
Monaco drives in three to give the first-place Bearcats a 2.5 game lead over their SUNY rivals

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as Binghamton (21-15, 15-4 AE) exploded for 11 runs on 16 hits to defeat second-place Stony Brook (24-20, 10-5 AE) in an America East Conference baseball game on Sunday afternoon from Varsity Field.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, senior catcher Pat Haughie (St. James, N.Y.) reached base on an error setting the table for Monaco, who drilled his second home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left field wall to put the Bearcats ahead. BU plated another run in the inning as senior shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) delivered a two-out RBI single to right to extend the lead to 3-1.

After Stony Brook drew even with a pair of runs in the fifth, Binghamton responded with a four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead for good. Sophomore Kyle Klee (Rochester, N.Y.) led off with a single, advanced to second on a passed ball and then moved to third after bunt base hit by Smucker.

After a dropped a fly ball and sacrifice fly from senior Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) restored the Bearcats' two-run edge, Haughie doubled in a run and Monaco drove in his third run of the day with an RBI single to lengthen the lead to 7-3.

Binghamton took advantage of two Seawolves' errors to put up another four-spot in the seventh. Junior Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) hit an RBI single and senior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) added a two-out, two-RBI double down the right field line.

For the day, Hitchcock finished 3-for-5, while James went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Klee capped off a strong weekend with a 2-for-5 effort at the plate with two runs. Matt Simek added two RBI out of the cleanup spot for the Bearcats.

Senior Mike Van Gorder (Vestal, N.Y.) got the start for the Bearcats giving up three runs and scattering 10 hits over 5.2 innings for the win. Van Gorder improves his record to 5-2, tying teammate Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) for the team-lead in wins. Freshman Murphy Smith (Clifton Park, N.Y.) pitched the final 3.1 innings to close out the contest.

Binghamton next hosts New Jersey Institute of Technology in a four-game non-conference series next weekend.

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