Immediate Release: May 14, 2010
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Binghamton (26-18, 17-3 AE) continued its assault on America East opponents with a twinbill sweep of host UMBC (9-34, 4-15 AE) Friday afternoon at The Baseball Factory Field. The Bearcats won 18-1 and 7-0 to set a school record for consecutive victories. The previous mark of nine was set by the 2008 squad. The pair of wins give BU 15 in its last 16 games.
In the opener, junior lefty James Giulietti set the school record for wins in a season with his eighth victory and BU gave him plenty of run support with 18 runs on 16 hits. Binghamton scored in six of the seven innings, including six runs in the third and four in the fourth (all with two outs) to pull away.
Giulietti (8-2) furthered his case for Pitcher of the Year honors with a complete-game five-hitter. He scattered four singles, a double and one run over seven innings, striking out four and walking one. Giulietti is 6-0 with a 0.86 ERA against America East opponents this spring.
Senior designated hitter Joe Charron went 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI and sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and three RBI. The 1-out, fifth-inning blast was Ciocchi's sixth of the season. Junior center fielder Henry Dunn and freshman second baseman Bijan Mangouri had two RBI apiece.
In game 2, sophomore Mike Augliera fired a three-hit shutout over eight innings and BU stretched plated two in the second, one in the third and four in the ninth for the final margin.
Augliera (4-2) was masterful, allowing a leadoff single in the first and a 2-out double in the second before mowing down the Retrievers the rest of the way. He retired the side in order in the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings and finished with nine strikeouts and no walks. Augliera is 4-1 with a 3.83 ERA in six starts against conference opponents.
Charron collected a hit in game 2 to set the school hit-streak record. He has hit safely in 15 straight games, breaking the old mark of 14, held by three players.
The two teams wrap up the three-game set Sunday beginning at 1 p.m.
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