Binghamton swept by Stony Brook in first two games of four-game series

Stony Brook 11, Binghamton 3
Stony Brook 11, Binghamton 1

STONY BROOK, N.Y.--After several weather-related postponements, the Bearcats (5-18-1, 0-2 AE) finally began conference play on Sunday, falling to Stony Brook (15-8, 6-0 AE) 11-1 and 11-3. The two teams will square off in another doubleheader on Monday, beginning at noon.

The Seawolves knocked Binghamton's pitchers for 22 hits and 22 runs in the two games. In game one, Stony Brook got two runs in the first, third and fourth innings to build a 6-2 lead, then broke the game open with three more runs in the fifth inning.

Senior outfielder Tony Berube (Vestal, N.Y.) led the Bearcats offensively in the opener. Berube was 2-for-2 with a walk and scored all three of Binghamton's runs. Junior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del./Indiana Institute of Technology) had two RBI courtesy of a double and a sacrifice fly, and freshman infielder Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) added an RBI single.

In game two, the Seawolves broke open a 2-0 game with five runs in the third inning and four more in the fourth inning. The Bearcats got their lone run in the fifth inning, when junior second baseman Matt Caputo (Pine Bush, N.Y.) doubled to plate freshman catcher John Hark (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo).

Sophomore catcher Chris Darling (Whitesboro, N.Y.) made his first career appearance as a pitcher in the second game, and tossed 3 2/3 shutout innings of relief. Darling allowed no hits, walked just one and struck out five.

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