Immediate Release: April 30, 2011
BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. -- League-leading Stony Brook (30-9, 11-1 AE) swept a doubleheader from Binghamton baseball (16-20, 8-4 AE) in a matchup pitting the top two teams in the America East Saturday afternoon on the campus of Dowling College. The Seawolves won the opener 5-4 in 10 innings and took game 2, 6-0.
The two teams have combined to win the last three conference crowns. The Seawolves, currently ranked 40th in the lastest USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches' poll, stretched their lead atop the standings to three over Binghamton, which has won the last four regular-season titles.
In game one, Stony Brook squandered a 4-0 lead before plating the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning - the third extra frame. Two singles, a walk and a wild pitch spelled doom for the Bearcats, who got to Seawolves' ace Nick Tropeano for three runs in six innings only to come up short in the 10th.
The Seawolves scored four runs on four hits in the first inning against senior ace James Giulietti. An error, two bunt singles, passed ball and two-run double did the damage. Binghamton clawed its way back with a run in the third, two in the fifth and a game-tying run in its final at-bat in the seventh. Giulietti shook off the rocky first inning and allowed just two hits over his final seven shutout innings.
Binghamton had a golden chance to forge ahead in the sixth with runners on first and third and one out. A squeeze bunt attempt was missed, however, and the ensuing strike-out, throw-out double-play killed the threat and ended the inning.
The Bearcats put each of the first three hitters on base in the top of the 10th inning but each was erased on the basepaths. Junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi led off with a single but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Senior outfielder Corey Taylor singled but was thrown out attempting to steal. Senior right fielder Peter Bregartner walked but was also thrown out trying to steal.
Freshmen Bill Bereszniewicz and John Howell had productive games at the plate. Bereszniewicz, the reigning America East Rookie of the Week, went 3-for-5 with a two-run double in the fifth inning and two RBI. Howell went 3-for-3 with a clutch RBI single that sent the game to extra innings. Taylor went 3-for-4.
Binghamton outhit Stony Brook 11-9.
In the nightcap, the Seawolves scored twice in the second, once in the third, twice more in the fourth and they added a final run in the sixth. The Bearcats were outhit 10-4 with four players collecting one hit apiece.
Junior Mike Augliera (5-3) took the loss after allowing four earned runs in six innings. Augliera struck out four and didn't walk a batter.
The two teams finish their three-game set with a single game Sunday afternoon beginning at noon back at Dowling College.
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