Release: May 24, 2008
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. Sophomore Murphy Smith (Clifton Park, N.Y.) stifled Vermont on two hits over eight innings and top-seeded Binghamton (29-26) snapped a scoreless tie with four runs in the ninth inning to eliminate the Catamounts (27-24) 4-0 in the America East tournament Saturday afternoon from Farmingdale State College. The Bearcats now advance to face second-seeded Stony Brook at 6:20 p.m. Saturday. Binghamton has to beat the Seawolves twice to win its first conference title.
Smith (6-4) was locked in a pitcher's duel with Vermont lefty Justin Albert for eight innings, with neither man surrendering a run. But the Bearcats finally erupted in the top of the ninth inning, collecting four hits and four runs to chase Albert.
Sophomore Joe Charron (Schaghticoke, N.Y.) drilled the first pitch of the inning down the left field line for a double. After a strikeout, junior Ryan Holley (Frankfort, Ill.) bounced a first-pitch single up the middle to score Charron with the go-ahead run. After freshman Brian Ivan (Toronto, Ontario) was intentionally walked, junior designated hitter Tom Baileys (Apalachin, N.Y.) drilled a 2-1 pitch to deep center field for a double, scoring Holley and Ivan. After a fly out, freshman Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y.) sent an 0-2 pitch to the base of the wall in center, scoring Baileys with the fourth run.
Junior reliever Greg Lane (Binghamton, N.Y.) pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the win.
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