Immediate Release: April 20, 2007
BALTIMORE, Md. - Junior Khalid Afify (Binghamton, N.Y.) struck out the final two batters of the game, clinching a 4-3 win for Binghamton (13-10, 7-1 America East) over host UMBC (8-23, 0-9 AE) Friday afternoon from The Baseball Factory Field.
Afify notched his fourth save and preserved the win for junior starter Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.), who went seven strong innings. Groh (3-1) scattered four hits and three runs, struck out eight and didn't walk a batter.
The Bearcats did all their damage in the second inning, scoring four runs on just two hits. Senior right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) hit a two-run double and with two outs, freshman center fielder Henry Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) drilled a two-run home run.
UMBC answered with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings off Groh. The Retrievers plated a run on a wild pitch, another on a groundout and the final run on a solo home run in the sixth.
Sophomore reliever Greg Lane (Binghamton, N.Y.) pitched a scoreless eighth inning before giving way to Afify, who has shined in the closer role this spring. Afify hasn't been touched in league play, sporting a 2-0 record with four saves and a 0.00 earned run average.
Senior shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) had two hits for BU, which has won seven of its last nine games.
The teams will continue their scheduled four-game series with a doubleheader (two seven-inning games) Saturday beginning at 3:30 p.m..
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