Immediate Release: April 10, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Binghamton baseball (10-15, 3-0 AE) rallied from a 4-0 hole to storm past host UMBC 5-4 Sunday afternoon from Baseball Factory Field. With the win, BU completed a three-game sweep of the Retrievers (4-20, 0-3 AE) and pushed its win streak to six.
Sophomore Jay Lynch was sharp save the fourth inning when he surrendered four runs on four hits, a walk and a hit batter. After the fourth, Lynch (2-4) settled down and didn't allow a hit over his final four innings, allowing the Bearcats to rally with single runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings and the tying and winning runs in a two-run ninth. Lynch retired the side in order in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.
The Retrievers batted around in the fourth, turning a scoreless game into a 4-0 lead. The Bearcats strung together three hits to plate one run in the fifth - a two-out RBI single by freshman shortstop John Howell. In the seventh, sophomore third baseman Mike Thompson and freshman second baseman Daniel Nevares manufactured a run on the base paths. After each singled with one out, Thompson broke for home and scored as Nevares was thrown out attempting to steal second. In the eighth inning, junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi delivered an RBI fielder's choice groundout to trim BU's deficit to 4-3.
Then in the pivotal ninth inning, BU put together four hits and two runs to complete the comeback. Senior right fielder Peter Bregartner led off with a single. Then with one out, Thompson ripped an RBI double and Nevares followed with a run-scoring single to give BU the 5-4 margin.
Senior reliever Zach Juliano worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to preserve the win for Lynch. It was Juliano's second save in as many days.
Bregartner went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Howell, Thompson and Nevares each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Bearcats host Niagara Tuesday afternoon in their home opener after 25 straight games on the road to begin the season.
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