Release: April 11, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. Binghamton (8-19, 1-4 AE) forced extra innings with three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and then pushed across the winning run in the 10th frame to defeat visiting UMBC (9-17, 1-4 AE) 9-8 in an America East game Friday afternoon from Varsity Field. It was the team's home opener after starting the season with 26 straight road games.
Trailing 8-5 in the ninth, BU plated three runs on four hits - the key blow coming on a two-run single by freshman center fielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y.). Then with one out and the bases loaded, freshman third baseman Brian Ivan (Toronto, Ontario) delivered a sacrifice fly to left field to score Taylor and send the game to extra innings.
In the 10th inning, freshman catcher C.J. Lukaszewski (Kingston, N.Y.) led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by freshman right fielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y.) and came around to score when Taylor's ground ball was misplayed by the UMBC shortstop.
Junior reliever Greg Lane (Binghamton, N.Y.) worked the 10th inning for his second win of the spring.
Bregartner went 4-for-5 to continue his torrid hitting. He extended his hit streak to 11 games and is hitting .488 (20-for-41) during that span.
Binghamton outhit UMBC 15-11 but stranded 11 runners. The Retrievers scored all of their runs in three innings. They plated three runs in the third and fifth innings and scored twice in the seventh. The Bearcats held a brief 4-3 lead after plating four runs in the third.
The teams continue their four-game set with a doubleheader Saturday, beginning at noon.
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