For Immediate Release: April 9, 2011
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BU baseball opens America East play with twinbill sweep of UMBC
Bearcats win 5-2 and 6-1, stretch win streak to five

Game 1 Box
Game 2 Box

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Binghamton baseball collected 22 hits and received two strong outings from its top two starters to post a doubleheader sweep over UMBC Saturday afternoon from Baseball Factory Field. The Bearcats (9-15, 2-0 AE) won the opener 5-2 and took the nightcap 6-1 over the Retrievers (4-19, 0-2 AE).

In game one, senior pitcher James Giulietti allowed one earned run in six innings and BU erupted for four tiebreaking runs in the seventh inning. The Bearcats opened the scoring with a run in the second inning. UMBC tied it with a run in the third and the teams remained deadlocked 1-1 entering the final inning.

In the decisive seventh frame, BU strung together five hits and plated the four runs. Junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi hit an RBI single to snap the 1-1 tie, senior right fielder Peter Bregartner hit a two-out RBI single and senior designated hitter Jeff Skelhorne-Gross followed with a two-out, two-run double to push BU's lead to 5-1. In its final at-bat, UMBC loaded the bases against Giulietti, who then gave way to senior reliever Zach Juliano. After a walk brought in a run for the Retrievers, Juliano recorded a strikeout and a game-ending double play to thwart the rally.

Skelhorne-Gross went 2-for-3 with two doubles and thre RBI. Freshman center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz went 3-for-4 and Bregartner was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Giulietti (2-4) tossed six innings and allowed eight hits and one earned run. He struck out seven and walked one. Juliano earned his second save of the season.

The Bearcats outhit UMBC 13-8.

In game two, junior Mike Augliera notched his fourth win of the season with eight sharp innings. Augliera (4-2) allowed six hits and one run while striking out seven and walking none. Junior reliever Alex Adami tossed a scoreless ninth inning.

The Bearcats scored three runs in the first inning, two in the fourth and one in the eighth. UMBC plated its lone run in the second.

In the first inning, BU scored three runs on just one hit, benefiting from two walks and a Retrievers' error. Skelhorne-Gross kept up his sparkling day at the plate with a two-out, two-run single.

In the fourth, sophomore third baseman Mike Thompson and Bereszniewicz delivered RBI singles. Freshman second baseman Daniel Nevares added a run-scoring bunt single in the eighth that scored Bregartner, who had led off with a double.

Nevares went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The two teams finish their three-game set with a single game Sunday afternoon.

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