Release: May 2, 2008
BURLINGTON, Vt. Vermont (21-17, 7-6 AE) snapped a 2-2 tie with a four-run eighth inning and defeated visiting Binghamton (19-23, 7-6 AE) 6-2 in the opening game of a four-game America East set Friday afternoon from Centennial Field.
The Catamounts strung together six singles in the eighth inning, including five consecutive - all with two outs, and pitcher Joe Serafin shut down the Bearcats with a four-hit complete-game effort. Serafin was locked in a duel with BU starter Zach Groh (Reading, Pa.) before BU's ace was lifted after seven innings.
It was a record-setting day for Groh, who became the school's career strikeout king. He punched out the very first Vermont hitter to notch strikeout No. 267, breaking the old mark set by BU Hall of Famer Jerry Gaube '76. For the game, Groh scattered seven hits, struck out eight, walked none and gave up one earned run. But Serafin fanned 10 Bearcats, and the Catamounts attacked BU's bullpen in the eighth for the winning margin.
Binghamton jumped out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in the third and fifth frames. In the third, freshman catcher C.J. Lukaszewski (Kingston, N.Y.) singled and came around to score on a triple by freshman center fielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y.). The Bearcats stranded Taylor, however, with back-to-back groundouts, missing an opportunity to extend their lead. In the fifth, Lukaszewski singled and came around to score on a passed ball and fielding error. But BU went down in order in each of the last four innings and was outhit 13-4.
Vermont tied the game with two runs on two hits and an error in the fifth inning.
Lukaszewski went 2-forf-3 and scored both of Binghamton's runs.
The teams continue their four-game set with a Saturday twinbill beginning at noon.
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