Immediate Release: April 21, 2007
BALTIMORE, Md. - Binghamton (15-10, 9-1 America East) exploded for 24 runs in 14 innings and swept a doubleheader from host UMBC (8-25, 0-11 AE), 8-0 and 16-2 Saturday afternoon from The Baseball Factory Field. The wins kept the Bearcats in first place in the America East standings, one game ahead of Stony Brook.
In game one, junior pitcher Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario) tossed a complete-game four-hit shutout and BU put it away early with six runs in the first frame. The Bearcats completed the scoring with single runs in the second and third innings.
Freshman center fielder Henry Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with three RBI and senior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Senior shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) and freshman left fielder Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) each went 3-for-4. Senior catcher Pat Haughie (St. James, N.Y.) delivered a two-run double in the first inning - part of six BU hits in the inning. Dunn added a two-run single.
Diamond (3-2) allowed just three singles and a double in his first complete game of the spring.
In the second game, BU broke out the bats again, rapping 16 hits and scoring in six of the seven innings. They tallied five runs in the first, three in the second, one in the third, three in the fourth, three in the sixth and one in the seventh. UMBC broke its 15-inning scoreless drought with two runs in the sixth inning.
Sophomore Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse, N.Y.) improved to 2-0 with a complete-game effort. He scattered eight hits, struck out seven and walked none.
Haughie belted two home runs and went 2-for-3 with four RBI. He hit a three-run shot in the second and then went back-to-back in the fourth inning with sophomore third baseman Kyle Klee (Rochester, N.Y.) following Haughie's solo home run with a solo blast of his own. Klee wound up 3-for-5 with four RBI. Senior designated hitter Mike Papili (Lancaster, N.Y.) and Charron had two hits and two RBI apiece. Charron ripped a two-run home run in the sixth inning.
The two teams will conclude their four-game series with a nine-inning game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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