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For Immediate Release: May 16, 2009
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU baseball drops final twinbill to Vermont 16-5 and 14-8
Bearcats play out finale after having clinched top spot for tourney

Game 1 Box
Game 2 Box

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Needing wins to stay alive in the playoff hunt, visiting Vermont (22-29, 14-10 AE) amassed 30 runs on 30 hits and swept Binghamton baseball (26-20, 13-7 America East) 16-5 and 14-8 Saturday afternoon at Varsity Field. The Bearcats clinched their third straight regular season title one day earlier and the Catamounts jumped on BU starting pitchers for 19 runs in the two games.

In the opener, Vermont scored two runs in the first, seven in the third and four more in the fourth to build a 13-0 cushion. The lone offensive spark for BU came in the fourth inning when sophomore right fielder Corey Taylor belted a three-run home run. Freshman first baseman Dave Ciocchi added a two-run shot in the seventh.

In game two, it was more of the same as the Catamounts scored four runs in each of the first two innings and added two more in the third for a 10-1 advantage. With heavy rain coming down with one out in the top of the ninth inning, the game was called with Vermont leading 19-8. The final score reverted back to the eighth inning - erasing five more Catamount runs.

Ciocchi went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two RBI. Taylor added his team-high 14th home run to open the sixth inning. Sophomore catcher C.J. Lukaszewski went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Binghamton committed five errors in the game.

It is the first time the Bearcats have lost a conference series since the opening series of the 2008 season. Binghamton had won eight and split one in that two-year span.

NOTES
Binghamton will host the America East Championship at Union-Endicott High School from May 21-23. The four-team, double-elimination tournament will be played at Pete Sylvester Field - approximately 10 minutes away from the BU campus... The top-seeded Bearcats will face #4 Vermont in a first-round game on Thursday. Second-seeded Albany and #3 Stony Brook will face each other in the other opening-day game. Game times for Thursday and Friday are 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ticket prices for all games will be $7 for adults (14+), $3 for youth and $2 for America East students with appropriate ID.

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