Immediate Release: May 16, 2004
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.
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