For Immediate Release: May 12, 2006
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BU baseball scores three in ninth to rally past New Orleans 7-5
Hitchcock, Wertepny produce run-scoring hits in final at-bat

Box Score

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Binghamton (25-18-1) scored six runs in the final two innings to rally past host University of New Orleans (24-26) 7-5 Friday afternoon at Maestri Field in the first game of a three-game weekend set. The win was BU's sixth in its last eight games.

Trailing 5-4 in the ninth inning, BU scored the three decisive runs on three hits, beginning with a game-tying RBI double by junior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.). Junior right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.) followed with an RBI sacrifice fly and junior designated hitter Jeff Wertepny (Des Plaines, Ill.) scored the final run with a two-out RBI single.

Three BU pitchers limited New Orleans to five hits over nine innings. Senior Adam Shatkun (Plainview, N.Y.) earned the win in relief. He pitched 1 1/3 innings of no-hit ball, lowering his earned run average to 3.00 in 13 appearances this spring. Sophomore starter Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario) scattered three hits and two runs over seven innings.

Binghamton trailed 2-1 before plating three runs in the eighth inning - thanks to a solo home run by junior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) and a two-run shot by junior catcher Pat Haughie (St. James, N.Y.) three batters later. But the Privateers answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to reclaim the lead, 5-4.

Hitchcock went 3-for-5 with his sixth home run of the season and two RBI. Junior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Haughie, who belted his fifth home run of the season, and junior left fielder Mike Papili (Lancaster, N.Y.) collected two hits apiece.

The two teams will continue their three-game set with a single game at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Sophomore Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.), the nation's ERA leader (0.82), will look for his fifth win of the season for the Bearcats.


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