Immediate Release: April 23, 2005
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton (14-16-1, 4-3 America East) amassed 21 hits and scored runs in five of eight innings en route to a 9-2 conference victory over visiting UMBC (9-21, 2-5 AE) Saturday afternoon from Varsity Field. It was BU's fourth straight America East win and the team's sixth win in its last seven games.
Junior pitcher Jarrod Rampey (Rochester, N.Y.) settled down after allowing single runs in the first two innings, and the right-hander gave up only four hits over the final seven innings to earn his fourth win of the season (4-3). Rampey struck out three and walked none, allowing one earned run to lower his ERA to 3.33 for the seaason. He became the first BU pitcher to toss a nine-inning complete game in the team's four-year Division I tenure.
Offensively, the Bearcats started early and never let up, plating two runs in the first inning, and two more in each of the third and fourth innings. Binghamton tacked on another run in the seventh and its final two in the eighth.
Sophomore second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) went 4-for-5 with two RBI and senior left fielder Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) also racked up four hits. Junior center fielder Aaron Davis (San Francisco, Calif.) stroked two doubles and was 3-for-5 with two RBI. Meanwhile, sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) raised his league-leading average to .416 with a 3-for-4 day.
Junior third baseman Matthieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) extended his team-best hit streak to eight with a 2-for-4, two RBI performance. Bergeron, who leads the conference in RBI, drove in numbers 37 and 38.
The Bearcats, winners of four straight America East games, could've done even more damage if not for the 12 runners left stranded in eight innings. Every Binghamton hitter collected at least one base hit.
teams were scheduled to play a doubleheader but with rain in
the forecast, they settled on a nine-inning game. The remaining
two games of the three-game series are set for Sunday beginning
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