Immediate Release: May 7, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton baseball (19-20, 11-4 AE) worked around a two-hour rain delay to complete a doubleheader sweep of visiting UMBC (7-32, 0-15 AE) Saturday afternoon at Varsity Field. The Bearcats won the opener 7-5 and took the nightcap 9-0 after the teams waited out a lengthy rain delay in the top of the second inning.
The story of the day was the record-setting performance by junior pitcher Mike Augliera in game 2. Augliera (6-3) fired a complete-game two-hit shutout and struck out a BU Division I record 15 hitters. He had a no-hitter going through 6 2/3 innings and only allowed a seventh-inning double and an eighth-inning single. Augliera didn't walk a batter and broke the record of 14 strikeouts, set by former America East Pitcher of the Year Zach Groh in 2007. The no-hitter was broken on a sinking liner to center that BU center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz dove and missed. The Retrievers added a flare over second base in the eighth for their other hit.
Augliera retired the side in order in each of the first four innings and again in the sixth inning. He recorded one strikeout in the second inning, one in the third, two in the fourth, three in the fifth, one in the sixth, two in the seventh, three in the eighth and two more in the ninth. With the shutout, Augliera lowered his season ERA to 3.30. In five conference starts, he is 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA and has 39 strikeouts (in 39 innings) against just two walks.
The Bearcats provided him with offense in bunches, scoring five runs in the fourth inning and four more in the seventh. Sophomore shortstop Jordon Smucker hit a two-run double to highlight the fourth-inning uprising. In the seventh, BU strung together four straight RBI singles with two outs.
Senior right fielder Peter Bregartner went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI and Smucker drove in three runs with a 2-for-4 showing. Freshman center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz and freshman second baseman Daniel Nevares each had two hits and an RBI.
In game one, senior left fielder Corey Taylor went 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBI and BU used a five-run second inning to push past UMBC. The Bearcats led 7-3 until the Retrievers scored twice in their final at-bat to chase senior starter James Giulietti. With the tying run on first base after two hits and two errors in the inning, senior reliever Zach Juliano induced a pop-up to first to end the game.
In the big second inning, BU put together six hits, including a two-run double by senior right fielder Peter Bregartner and infield RBI singles by Taylor and freshman center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz. Freshman second baseman Daniel Nevares also contributed an RBI single.
Giulietti (4-4) allowed three earned runs in 6.2 innings. He struck out eight and walked one.
Bregartner and Bereszniewicz had two hits apiece.
The teams finish their three-game set with a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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