Release: April 18, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball (15-13, 7-1 America East) swept a doubleheader from visiting Stony Brook (16-15, 6-4 AE) Saturday afternoon from Varsity Field, winning 8-7 and 4-3 with walk-off hits in each game. The victories stretched BU's win streak to six and strengthened the team's hold on first place in the conference standings.
In the seven-inning opener, BU rallied from 7-3 down in the its final at-bat. After mustering just five hits in six innings against Seawolves' freshman Tyler Johnson, the Bearcats jumped on SBU's bullpen in the seventh, collecting six hits and five runs. Junior second baseman Jeff Abrams hit a one-out walk-off single to the wall in right center, scoring junior left fielder Joe Charron with the winning run. Earlier in the inning, sophomore right fielder Corey Taylor hit a two-run single for his team-high 23rd and 24th RBIs of the season.
In the seventh, sophomore center fielder Henry Dunn led off with a single and junior second baseman Jim Calderone followed with a walk. Senior third baseman Kyle Klee singled to load the bases and Taylor hit a hard single through the left side to drive in two and cut the deficit to 7-5. Charron dropped down a bunt single to load the bases again and freshman Dave Ciocchi scored Klee with a sacrifice fly to center. Taylor and Ciocchi advanced to third and second respectively, when Stony Brook closer Jeremy Nowak was called for a balk. Senior DH Ken Jacobi then ripped a single to right, scoring Taylor with the tying run. After a walk to sophomore catcher Jeff Skelhorne-Gross, Abrams belted a 1-0 pitch to the base of the wall on right center to score Charron with the winner.
Earlier in the game, Stony Brook No. 8 hitter Rob Dyer belted a pair of three-run home runs and the Seawolves snapped a 3-3 tie with four runs in the fourth inning to take command.
Ciocchi went 3-for-4 with three RBI, Dunn went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, and Taylor had two RBI. Redshirt freshman pitcher Walker McKinven pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for his first collegiate win.
In game two, BU trailed 3-1 before tying the game with two runs in the eighth inning and scoring the winning run in the ninth frame on a one-out, bases-loaded single by Taylor. Sophomore catcher C.J. Lukaszewski opened the inning with a walk and was sacrificed to second on a bunt from Dunn. After Calderone was intentionally walked, Klee ripped a ground ball that bounced off the Stony Brook third baseman, loading the bases for Taylor. The Bearcats' RBI leader collected his fifth RBI of the afternoon with a shot between third and short that scored Lukaszewski with the game-winner.
Taylor went 2-for-4 with three RBI. He delivered a run-scoring single in the eighth inning after Klee had led off with a triple to deep right. Two hitters later, pinch hitter Skelhorne-Gross singled to center, scoring Taylor from second to tie the game. Taylor also added a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
Senior closer Greg Lane came in and pitched a scoreless eighth inning for the victory. Junior starter Murphy Smith went 8.0 innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs in a no-decision. He struck out eight and didn't walk a batter.
The Bearcats were held in check for the first seven innings by Stony Brook starter Mike Errigo, who allowed just two hits in the first seven innings.
The teams finish their four-game set with a doubleheader at noon on Sunday.
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