Release: April 5, 2008
STONY BROOK, N.Y. Visiting Binghamton (7-17, 0-2 AE) let late-inning leads slip away in each game of a doubleheader defeat to Stony Brook (12-11, 2-0 AE) in the America East openers for both teams Saturday from University Field. Stony Brook won 11-9 and 5-4.
In the game one slugfest, BU trailed 7-1 before exploding for eight runs in the eighth inning to pull ahead 9-7. Binghamton's bullpen, however, surrendered four runs in the bottom of the frame - a two-run home run to tie the game and then four straight hits to give the Seawolves the winning margin.
In Binghamton's eight-run outburst, freshman right fielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y.) delighted family and friends in his hometown return with a three-run home run to right field. Junior designated hitter Ken Jacobi (Milford, Conn.) also delivered a bases-clearing triple in the inning.
Bregartner went 2-for-4 with three RBI, sophomore left fielder Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and freshman third baseman Brian Ivan (Toronto, Ontario) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Senior starter Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) went seven innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits. He struck out five, walked two and didn't get a decision.
The Bearcats were outhit 15-10 and Stony Brook racked up seven doubles and two home runs.
In game two, BU led 4-3 in the sixth inning of a seven inning game, but the Seawolves belted a pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the sixth to complete the sweep.
Down 3-1 after one inning, BU rallied with single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to take the 4-3 lead. Jacobi hit an RBI double in the fourth and Charron added an RBI single in the fifth to give the Bearcats the lead. Binghamton could have stretched its lead with a runner on second and one out in the fifth, but a pop-up and strikeout ended the inning.
Senior center fielder Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) went 3-for-3 with two RBI. James ripped a solo home run in the first inning and added an RBI single in the third.
Junior starter Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse, N.Y.) went the distance, scattering six hits and five runs over six innings. Dennis (1-4) struck out five and walked one.
Binghamton outhit Stony Brook 9-6, but stranded six runners and hit into two double plays.
The teams will finish their four-game set with a doubleheader Sunday. Game one is slated to begin at noon.
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