Immediate Release: April 10, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Defending America East champion Binghamton (8-15, 1-1 AE) opened its conference slate with a doubleheader split against visiting Stony Brook (11-15, 1-1 AE) Saturday afternoon from Varsity Field. The Bearcats took the opener 2-0 before the Seawolves belted three home runs to grab game two, 8-3.
Junior lefty James Giulietti fired a two-hit shutout in the opener and BU plated single runs in the first and fourth innings for the difference. Giulietti (2-2) struck out four and didn't walk a batter, lowering his conference-best ERA to 2.38. He retired the side in order in five of the seven innings, allowing only a first-inning single and a fourth-inning double.
Junior center fielder Henry Dunn drilled an 0-1 offering in the first inning over the center field wall for a 1-0 lead. It was Dunn's second home run of the season. Then in the fourth, sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi singled with one out and went to third on a double from junior left fielder Corey Taylor that was scorched just inside the first base bag. Junior right fielder Peter Bregartner then brought home Ciocchi with a hard liner sacrifice fly to center field to make it 2-0.
Taylor had two of BU's five hits.
In game two, Stony Brook snapped a 3-3 tie with two runs in the seventh inning and the Seawolves added three more in the eighth for the final margin. Stony Brook belted three home runs and two Seawolves pitchers limited BU to five hits in the nine-inning game.
Freshman pitcher Jay Lynch took the loss despite scattering six hits in 6.1 innings. Lynch struck out four and walked none, but surrendered a solo home run and a two-run shot in the third inning and another two-run homer in the seventh.
The Bearcats jumped ahead 3-0 with a run in the first inning and two in the second. Sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi delivered a sacrifice fly in the first to score senior second baseman Jim Calderone, who had led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a groundout. One inning later, junior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski drilled a two-out, two-run double to left center to bump BU's lead to 3-0.
But Stony Brook tied it with the pair of home runs in the third inning and after the teams went scoreless for three innings, the Seawolves went ahead for good in the seventh.
The Bearcats stranded eight runners, including five in the first four innings when they had a chance to chase starter Tyler Johnson. Binghamton stranded two runners in both the third and fourth inning.
Lukaszewski had two of BU's five hits.
The two teams play the final game of the three-game set Sunday at noon.
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