Immediate Release: March 22, 2005
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Visiting Binghamton (5-7-1) exploded for a school-record 34 runs in a 34-3 rout St. Peter's (1-10) Tuesday afternoon at Jaroschak Field. The Bearcats sent 15 men to the plate in the first inning, scoring 12 runs en route to the most lopsided victory in school history.
In the first inning, BU's first nine batters reached base safely and the sophomore second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) capped the 12-run outburst with a two-out grand slam to left center - his second home run of the season. Simek, who earlier in the inning stroked an RBI double, wound upo 3-for-3 with five RBI and three runs scored.
Simek's blast was one of five Binghamton home runs in the seven-inning game. Six different BU players collected three or more RBI, and 14 different players scored runs. After scoring the 12 runs to open the game, the Bearcats added four runs in the third, five in the fourth, four in the fifth and nine in the sixth frame.
Other offensive stars included senior designated hitter Jamie Boyer (Lancaster, Pa.), who stroked his team-high fifth home run of the season and drove in four runs. Junior third baseman Matthieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) went 3-for-3 with his fourth round-tripper of the season, two doubles, three RBI and five runs scored. Sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) went 4-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and six runs scored. Senior shortstop Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) went 2-for-6 with a home run, four RBI and five runs scored.
On the mound, sophomore Khalid Afify (Binghamton, N.Y.) picked up his first win in a Binghamton uniform. Afify went 6.0 innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits. He struck out six and walked just one.
Binghamton stays in New Jersey for a single game at Fairleigh Dickinson Wednesday at 3 p.m.
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