Release: May 2, 2009
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Binghamton baseball (23-15, 10-2 America East) swept a doubleheader from host UMBC (9-30, 4-14 AE) Saturday afternoon, winning 10-0 and 9-3. The Bearcats have won 14 of their last 16 games and own a three-game lead over second place Albany in the America East standings.
In the seven-inning opener, senior lefthander Jeff Dennis fired a two-hit shutout and BU scored twice in the second inning, five in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the seventh. Junior second baseman Jim Calderone deliverd the key blow in the fifth frame with a two-run triple. Junior left fielder Joe Charron went 2-for-3 with two RBI and freshman first baseman Dave Ciocchi was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Sophomore right fielder Corey Taylor was 2-for-3 with four runs scored, sophomore catcher Jeff Skelhorne-Gross drove in a pair of runs and sophomore right fielder Peter Bregartner went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Dennis (4-3) struck out five and walked one, lowering his ERA to 3.83.
In the nightcap, junior righty Murphy Smith continued his dominant spring with a 13-strikeout performance. Smith (7-1) scattered five hits and three runs in seven innings, and walked just one, tying the school-record for wins in a season in the process. After allowing a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first and a two-run double in the third, Smith gave up just two hits over his last four innings of work.
The frontrunner for conference pitcher of the year honors, Smith owns a 2.64 ERA and has 64 strikeouts and just eight walks.
At the plate, BU snapped a 3-3 tie with one run in the seventh, one in the eighth and four in the ninth. Bregartner hit a two-out RBI double to put the Bearcats up for good, and Charron produced a two-run single in the ninth to stretch the margin.
Ciocchi went 3-for-5 with three RBI, completing a 5-for-8, 5-RBI day. Calderone ripped a leadoff home run in the third inning - his fifth of the season - and went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Charron wound up 2-for-5 with two RBI and Bregartner was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Taylor logged more mileage on the base paths, scoring three runs. He crossed home seven times in the doubleheader.
The teams finish their four-game set with a doubleheader at noon on Sunday.
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