Immediate Release: April 9, 2005
VESTAL, N.Y. - Visiting Vermont (11-6-1, 2-0 AE) swept a doubleheader from Binghamton (8-13-1, 0-2 AE) in the opening America East games for both teams Saturday afternoon from Varsity Field. The Catamounts scored a 3-1 victory in the opener and posted a 6-4 win in game two.
In the opener, UVM senior lefthander Derek Miller (3-0) struck out 15 and allowed just one run and Vermont plated the decisive runs in the top of the seventh inning. After the Bearcats tied the game on a fifth inning home run from sophomore right fielder Jeff Monaco (Binghamton, N.Y.), Miller took control. Over the final four innings, he allowed just two hits and struck out seven. In the seventh inning, the Catamounts received an RBI double by sophomore designated hitter Frank Rossi and a suicide squeeze bunt by sophomore second baseman Jim Chapman to plate the two tiebreaking runs.
Junior third baseman Matthieu Bergeron (St. Celestin, Quebec) and sophomore shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) each went 2-for-4 for the Bearcats.
Junior pitcher Jarrod Rampey (Rochester, N.Y.) took the loss despite a solid showing on the hill. He scattered nine hits over 7.2 innings, striking out eight and allowing the three runs.
In game two, Vermont snapped a 2-2 tie with four runs in the top of the fourth inning and withstood a would-be BU rally in the seventh inning. Binghamton brought the tying run to the plate with one out, but junior reliever Chris Marsh induced a fly out to center and then got BU's top hitter, sophomore first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.), to ground out to end the game. Hitchcock, who entered the game red-shot with a .438 average and an eight-game hit streak, struggled through an 0-for-8 day with six strikeouts.
Bergeron belted his team-high seventh home run of the season - a two-run shot to tie the game in the first inning. He wound up 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Junior center fielder Aaron Davis (San Francisco, Calif.) and Monaco added RBI singles in the fourth inning.
The two teams play the final game of the series Sunday beginning at noon.
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