Release: April 19, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball (16-14, 8-2 America East) split a doubleheader with rival Stony Brook (17-16, 7-5 AE) Sunday afternoon at Varsity Field. The Bearcats won the opener 8-7 to stretch their win streak to seven before the visiting Seawolves rallied to take the nightcap 7-6 and salvage one game in the four-game set. All four games in the series were decided by one run.
After rallying to win the three previous games in the series, BU built a six-run cushion in the final game before Stony Brook staged its own comeback win.
In the nine-inning game two, freshman righty Mike Augliera held Stony Brook to one hit through six innings and the Bearcats appeared to be cruising before the Seawolves broke through with six runs on five consecutive hits in the seventh inning to erase a 6-0 deficit. The visitors then plated the winning run in the ninth inning on a walk, single and sacrifice fly.
Binghamton left 12 runners stranded, including the bases loaded in the eighth inning, as a golden chance slipped away when Stony Brook turned a 3-2-3 double play on a sharp-hit grounder to first with one out.
Junior second baseman Jeff Abrams hit a solo home run to dead center in the second inning and senior designated hitter Ken Jacobi belted a solo shot to right in the fifth. Binghamton scored six runs in the first five innings but managed just two hits over the final four innings. Freshman first baseman Dave Ciocchi drove in two runs and Abrams, Jacobi and sophomore outfielder Corey Taylor each had two hits and an RBI.
The seven-inning opener was a see-saw affair with each team surrendering a three-run lead. The Bearcats scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth on a two-out RBI single by junior second baseman Jim Calderone. With two outs, sophomore catcher C.J. Lukaszewski ripped a double to left center. He moved to third when a ground ball by sophomore right fielder Peter Bregartner was mishandled by the Stony Brook first baseman. Calderone then laced an 0-1 pitch between first and second to score Lukaszewski.
Senior closer Greg Lane pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to earn his second win in as many days. Lane (2-1) tossed two scoreless innings.
Ciocchi went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and four RBI. Trailing 3-0 in the fourth, Ciocchi drilled a two-run double to deep center to cut BU's deficit to 3-2. Junior left fielder Joe Charron followed with an RBI single to tie the game.
After Stony Brook regained the lead with a run in the top of the fifth, BU plated four in the bottom of the frame. Senior third baseman Kyle Klee brought in a run with a groundout and Taylor delivered an RBI triple to put BU ahead 5-4. Ciocchi then smacked a two-out, two-run home run to give the Bearcats a 7-4 lead. But the Seawolves scored three runs on a hit, error and wild pitch in the top of the sixth to tie the game.
Taylor went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Lukaszewski also went 2-for-3.
Binghamton next plays a single game at Army on Tuesday.
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