Immediate Release: April 13, 2007
VESTAL, N.Y. - Junior Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) tossed eight scoreless innings and senior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) delivered a three-run double to lift Binghamton (11-9, 5-0 America East) to a 4-0 win over visiting Vermont (9-15, 0-1 AE) Friday afternoon from Varsity Field. With the win, BU remains unbeaten in conference play.
Groh (2-1), the reigning America East Pitcher of the Year, scattered five hits - all singles - and struck out seven with two walks. Junior Khalid Afify (Binghamton, N.Y.) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to complete the victory.
Hitchcock made the Catamounts pay in the bottom of the third inning. Senior catcher Pat Haughie (St. James, N.Y.) walked to open the inning. Freshman center fielder Henry Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) then dropped down a sacrifice bunt and reached first on a fielding error. After a strikeout, Vermont elected to intentionally walk No. 3 hitter Matt Simek to get the lefty-vs.-lefty matchup with Hitchcock. The two-time first team all-conference player spoiled the stragegy, however, by lacing a bases-clearing, two-strike pitch from sophomore lefthander Justin Albert to the gap in left center.
added a run in the sixth inning when senior shortstop Justin
Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) hit a two-out double down the
left field line that scored Haughie, who had walked and advanced
to second on a Dunn single.
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