For Immediate Release: April 17, 2004
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

Baseball sweeps doubleheader from UMBC
Bearcats have now won nine of their past 11 games

Game 1 Box: Binghamton 10, UMBC 3 (9 innings)
Game 2 Box: Binghamton 11, UMBC 8 (7 innings)

BALTIMORE, Md.. - Binghamton (14-9, 4-1 AE) continued its offensive outburst on Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader at UMBC (6-22, 1-4 AE). The Bearcats won the first game 10-3 before taking the nightcap 11-8.

Senior left fielder Joe Costello (Ventnor, N.J.) and senior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del.) were the offensive heroes of the first game. Costello went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI while Balback went 3-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs. Costello's two-run homer in the top of the first inning gave the Bearcats a 2-0 lead. Balback was the next batter and he homered to extend the lead to 3-0. Balback's second home run of the game was a solo shot to lead off the top of the ninth inning to make the score 10-3. Freshman first baseman Brendan Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) also had three hits and scored three runs in the opener.

Balback once again delivered the biggest blow of the second game as he crushed a three-run home run in the fifth inning. He went 3-for-4 with three runs and four RBI. Costello went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and two RBI. Binghamton led 6-4 after just the first inning and 11-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. UMBC got three runs back in the sixth inning but the Bearcats held on the rest of the way for the win.

Junior Mike Weglinski (Hyde Park, N.Y.) got the win in the first game, improving his record to 3-0 on the season. Freshman Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) was the winning pitcher in the nightcap and his record now stands at 2-1. Junior Tom Gaube (Vestal, N.Y.) notched his second save of the season in the second game.

Binghamton and UMBC conclude their three-game series on Sunday at 2 p.m.


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