Immediate Release: March 5, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-- Binghamton baseball (1-4) snapped a 2-2 tie with a four-run eighth inning and knocked off Tennessee (4-4) Friday night at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Volunteers reside in the baseball-rich SEC.
Junior right fielder Corey Taylor keyed the big eighth inning with a two-run home run - a 1-out shot to left field. The Bearcats then plated two more runs on squeeze bunts from senior shortstop Jeff Abrams and junior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski. Trailing 7-3 in the bottom of the ninth, the Volunteers plated a run and loaded the bases before sophomore reliever Alex Adami struck out the final Tennessee batter on a 3-2 pitch to end the game. Adami actually struck out the side, sandwiching two walks between the strikeouts.
Junior left starter James Giulietti went 5.1 innings and left with a 2-1 lead. He scattered seven hits and one run with four strikeouts and two walks. Sophomore Robert Rogers got the win with 2.2 innings of work. He allowed three hits and three runs.
The Bearcats struck for two runs in the third inning to build a lead. Junior second baseman Jim Calderone and junior center fielder Henry Dunn had back-to-back singles to right to open the frame. Sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi and junior right fielder Corey Taylor followed with RBI groundouts.
Tennessee got one in the sixth and tied it with an RBI double in the seventh. After BU's four-run eighth, the Volunteers trimmed the margin to 6-3 with a solo home run in the bottom of the frame. A Ciocchi RBI double gave BU a 7-3 lead entering the bottom of the ninth.
Binghamton plays the Volunteers again at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
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