Immediate Release: May 21, 2010
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Binghamton (29-18, 20-3 AE) continued to run roughshod over conference opponents with a twinbill sweep of host Stony Brook (26-24, 15-8 AE) Friday afternoon at University Field. The Bearcats won 5-4 in extra innings and 2-1 in the nightcap, stretching the team's school-record win streak to 13 games. In the process, BU clinched the program's fourth straight America East regular season title and wrapped up the host role for next week's championship tournament.
Binghamton has won 23 of its last 27 games and is on the verge of one of the highest conference win percentages in the history of America East baseball. The team's 20-3 mark trails only Maine (14-1 in 1991) and Delaware (22-2 in 1998) for best percentage.
The opener was a great battle between the top two starters in the conference, though ultimately neither pitcher figured in the decision.
Senior second baseman Jim Calderone delivered a clutch two-out RBI single to center to snap a 4-4 tie in the top of the eighth inning and sophomore reliever Alex Adami got the final five outs for his third win of the season.
After squandering a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh, BU battled back with the game-winning run in the eighth. With one out, senior shortstop Jeff Abrams walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from junior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski. Calderone then stroked a sharp single to center to put the Bearcats back on top.
Junior James Giulietti and Stony Brook ace Nick Tropeano were locked in a 1-0 game through six innings before each hurler stumbled in the final frame. Giulietti scattered seven hits and stranded nine Stony Brook baserunners in the first six innings. Tropeano, meanwhile, recorded 11 strikeouts and allowed just three hits allowed through six innings.
Ahead 1-0, BU finally got to Tropeano in the seventh, sending nine men to the plate and scoring three runs - the final two on back-to-back RBI singles from sophomore first baseman Ciocchi and senior designated hitter Joe Charron.
Stony Brook rallied in the bottom of the seventh with four runs on four hits - the big blow being a one-out, three-run homer that tied it. The Seawolves had the winning run on first with one out before Adami induced a double-play grounder to send the game to the eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, Adami (3-1) got a strikeout, infield pop-up and force-out grounder to erase the tying run at second and end the game.
In game 2, BU snapped a 1-1 tie with a run in the third inning and sophomore Mike Augliera (5-2) tossed five innings of four-hit, one-run ball to complete the sweep. Junior right fielder Peter Bregartner went 2-for-3 with an RBI double. Junior first baseman Jeff Skelhorne-Gross plated the go-ahead run with a third-inning sacrifice fly. Freshman Joe Swindells tossed two hitless innings for his first collegiate save.
Binghamton played without the leading slugger in the conference, junior left fielder Corey Taylor, who is nursing an injury. Taylor, BU's clean-up hitter, leads the America East in home runs (14) and RBI (65). The Bearcats also cleared their bench for game two after clinching the title in the opener.
The teams finish up the three-game set with a single game at noon on Saturday.
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