Release: May 16, 2009
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.
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