Immediate Release: April 24, 2005
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton (16-16-1, 6-3 America East) continued its hot hand, sweeping a baseball doubleheader from visiting UMBC (9-23, 2-7 AE) Sunday afternoon from Varsity Field. The Bearcats, winners of six straight conference games and eight of their last nine, posted victories of 4-1 and 14-7 to sweep the three-game weekend set from the Retrievers.
In the opener, freshman left-hander Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario) allowed just two hits and one run in five innings and BU received one RBI apiece from the heart of its order (#2-5) in the 4-1 win. In the first inning, sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) stroked an RBI double and sophomore second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) added a two-out run-scoring single to give Binghamton a 2-0 lead. In the fourth inning, junior third baseman Matthieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) belted his league-leading 10th home run to dead center field, and one inning later, sophomore shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) added an RBI single.
Diamond, meanwhile, struck out five to notch his second win of the season (2-4).
In game two, BU pumped up the offense with 14 runs on 16 hits. The Bearcats boosted a 1-0 lead with five runs in the second inning, and added four in the fourth, three in the fifth and a final run in the sixth inning.
Hitchcock went 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored, raising his America East leading average to .430. In his last six games, he is hitting .609 with four doubles, nine RBI and 11 runs scored. Hitchcock ripped his fifth home run of the season - a two-run shot in the fourth inning - and added an RBI double one inning later. Junior center fielder Aaron Davis (San Francisco, Calif.) went 3-for-4 and senior left fielder Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was 2-for-4 with a two-run triple.
Bergeron, meanwhile, extended his hit streak to 10 games and added to his league-leading RBI total with a 2-for-5, two RBI performance. He has 41 RBI in 33 games, thanks to a AE-best .733 slugging percentage.
Sophomore Mike Van Gorder (Vestal, N.Y.) recorded his second win of the season with five innings of work. He struck out five.
Binghamton next plays a non-conference doubleheader at Le Moyne on April 27.
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