Immediate Release: April 22, 2007
BALTIMORE, Md. - One day after racking up 24 runs in a twinbill sweep, Binghamton (15-11, 9-2 America East) saw its offense finally slowed in a 3-2 loss to host UMBC (9-25, 1-11 AE) Sunday afternoon from The Baseball Factory Field. The first-place Bearcats had averaged more than nine runs in capturing the first three games of the series.
Binghamton opened the scoring in the fifth inning when freshman center fielder Henry Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) stroked an RBI double to score senior designated hitter Mike Papili (Lancaster, N.Y.), who led off the inning with a walk. But UMBC answered in the bottom of the frame, plating three runs on back-to-back home runs off senior Mike Van Gorder (Vestal, N.Y.). Van Gorder (3-2) entered the game with a stingy 1.50 earned run average but surrendered a two-run shot to Joe Fowler and then a solo shot to Will Delawter in the decisive inning.
The Bearcats had the tying runs on base in both the seventh and ninth innings but UMBC minimized the damage. A double-play ended the threat in the seventh and then after the Bearcats pulled to within one in the ninth, the Retrievers got an infield pop-up and a foul out behind the plate to end the game. In the final frame, Papili produced an RBI single that scored sophomore third baseman Kyle Klee (Rochester, N.Y.), who hit a one-out double.
Senior shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) went 2-for-4. Freshman reliever Murphy Smith (Clifton Park, N.Y.) tossed three innings of hitless relief to keep the Bearcats in the game. Smith walked one and struck out two in his eighth appearance of the season.
Binghamton hosts Le Moyne in a non-conference game Tuesday at Varsity Field.
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