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For Immediate Release: May 16, 2004
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Bearcats beat Vermont, 6-1, but lose to rulebook amid controversy
Saturday's suspended game ruled a 4-3 loss despite BU holding 5-4 lead

Vermont 4, Binghamton 3 (Saturday's second game)
Binghamton 6, Vermont 1

BURLINGTON, Vt..--Binghamton baseball (20-19, 8-9 America East) beat host Vermont (15-25, 8-10 AE) on the field Sunday, 6-1, but lost a potentially critical decision off the diamond concerning Saturday's nightcap, which was suspended in the final inning due to rain. As the two teams prepared Sunday morning to resume the game - with BU batting in the top of the seventh inning and holding a 5-4 lead - the conference office ruled that the game should not have been suspended, and that it would revert back to the last completed inning. After six innings, the Catamounts led 4-3 and that has become the adjusted final score. Binghamton has filed a protest, citing the fact that both coaches, umpires and Vermont on-site administrators elected not to wait out the rainstorm, but instead reached the interpretation that the game could be resumed on Sunday.

If the ruling is not reversed, Binghamton finds itself in a three-way battle with Stony Brook and Vermont for the fourth and final playoff spot heading into the last weekend. The Bearcats travel to Long Island for a three-game set with the Seawolves, while the Catamounts, given new life by the decision, play three games against last-place Hartford. Binghamton must win two of three against Stony Brook (9-9 AE) and hope that Hartford can take at least one game from Vermont. That scenario would lift the Bearcats into fourth place.

In Sunday's nine-inning game, freshman pitcher Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) had his finest performance of the season, striking out nine and allowing just one run in 6.1 innings. Groh gave up seven singles, with only five leaving the infield, and notched his team-best fourth win of the season (4-2). Junior Tom Gaube (Vestal, N.Y.) pitched the final 2.2 innings for his team-high third save of the season. He struck out three and allowed just one hit.

Offensively, the Bearcats scored one run in the second, two in the third, two in the fourth and one more run in the ninth. The Catamounts plated their lone run in the fifth inning.

Senior left fielder Joe Costello (Ventnor, N.J.) went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI, junior shortstop Keith Ford (Broken Arrow, Okla.) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, and senior third baseman Jay Balback (Millsboro, Del.) went 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Binghamton is next schedule to host St. Bonaventure in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday at 2 p.m.

NOTES
If it stands, the 4-3 defeat from Saturday will become the latest in a series of agonizing one-run losses the Bearcats have suffered in the last two weeks. Binghamton stranded 13 runners in a 6-5 loss to league-leading Albany on May 2, and also absorbed a 7-6 defeat to Northestern last Saturday in a game that BU led 5-1 with just six outs remaining.

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