STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Binghamton (5-20-1, 0-4 AE) was barely outhit by host Stony Brook Monday afternoon, but still suffered two lopsided losses that kept the team winless in conference play. The Bearcats were only outhit 23-21 in the pair of games, but the Seawolves plated 26 runs in posting wins of 8-1 and 18-10.
In the opener, each team collected nine hits, but the Bearcats stranded 11 runners. Stony Brook plated five runs in the first three innings, belted a three-run home run in the seventh inning, and scored four unearned runs. Junior left fielder Joe Costello (Ventnor, N.J./Cumberland CC) drove in the team's lone run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Junior second baseman Matt Caputo (Pine Bush, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and senior catcher Kyle Loucks (Johnson City, N.Y.) went 2-for-4.
In game two, the teams combined for 18 runs in the first two innings - eight courtesy of grand slams. Binghamton pulled ahead 5-4 in the bottom of the first inning when junior center fielder T.J. Kowalchuk (Stormville, N.Y./Carmel) ripped a grand slam. The Seawolves answered, however, with seven runs in the top of the second inning, and four more in the third to take a commanding lead.
Costello went 3-for-3 with an RBI, junior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del./Indiana Inst. of Tech) went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, and senior right fielder Tony Berube (Vestal, N.Y.) went 2-for-5 with a home run.
Binghamton is set to play its first home game in the eight-week-old season on Wednesday when Siena comes to town for a single game at 4 p.m.
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