Immediate Release: April 14, 2007
VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior second baseman Matt Simek (Vestal, N.Y.) delivered a one-out sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving Binghamton (12-10, 6-1 America East) a 2-1 win over Vermont (10-16, 1-2 AE) and a doubleheader split Saturday afternoon from Varsity Field. The Catamounts took the opener 6-4.
In game one, Vermont pitcher Bryan Rembisz tossed a complete game with seven strikeouts and was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored at the plate. The Catamounts jumped on Binghamton starter Scott Diamond (Guelph, Ontario) for five runs in five innings. First baseman Kyle Henry started things off with a two-run single in the first inning. Rembisz scored on a double-play grounder in the third inning and then added an RBI single in the fourth. By the time BU batted in the fifth inning, it faced a 5-0 deficit. The Bearcats scored three times in the fifth and each team added a run in the seventh. The Bearcats had the tying run on base in the seventh with the league's No. 1 hitter at the plate, but senior first baseman Brendon Hitchcock (Laceyville, Pa.) flew out to deep left field to end the game.
Simek went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Senior shortstop Justin Smucker (Bird-in-Hand, Pa.) went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
In game two, senior pitcher Mike Van Gorder (Vestal, N.Y.) allowed just three hits in six innings, and the Bearcats broke through in their final at-bat. In the bottom of the seventh, senior catcher Pat Haughie (St. James, N.Y.) opened with an infield single. Pinch runner Jeff Abrams was erased on a failed bunt attempt by freshman center fielder Henry Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.). Dunn stole second before back-to-back walks to Smucker (intentional) and junior third baseman Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) loaded the bases. Simek then produced a fly ball to left field, and Dunn easily beat the throw to the plate with the winning run.
Junior reliever Khalid Afify (Binghamton, N.Y.) picked up the win in relief. Afify (3-1) worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the seventh to preserve the 1-1 tie. With runners on second and third, he struck out pinch hitter Jeff Heppner to end the inning.
Simek drove in both of BU's runs. Hitchcock and Haughie each went 2-for-3.
Henry went the distance for Vermont, scattering eight hits and allowing the two runs.
The final game of the series, scheduled for Sunday, was cancelled due to the pending snowstorm.
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