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For Immediate Release: March 1, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU baseball splits twinbill at VMI, winning 4-3 before losing 9-7
First baseman Holley goes 5-for-6 with three RBI on day

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LEXINGTON, Va.– Junior first baseman Ryan Holley (Frankfort, Ill.) went 5-for-6 with three RBI and visiting Binghamton (2-4) played to a doubleheader split with VMI (3-3) Saturday afternoon at Gray-Minor Stadium. The Bearcats rallied for a 4-3 win in the opener before the Keydets returned the favor with a late-inning rally to win the nightcap 9-7.

Game 1 was a battle of junior pitchers each named to the 2008 Wallace Award Watch List, but neither BU's Jeff Dennis (North Syracuse, N.Y.) or VMI's Michael Bowman figured in the decision. Binghamton trailed 2-0 before Holley delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning. VMI regained the lead with a run in the bottom of the frame but the Bearcats plated the tying run in the sixth inning and the winning run in the seventh.

In the sixth, Holley tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly from sophomore second baseman Brian Ivan (Toronto, Ontario). In the seventh, junior designated hitter Ken Jacobi (Milford, Conn.) produced an RBI groundout to score freshman right fielder Peter Bregartner (East Islip, N.Y.) with the winning run. Bregartner had opening the inning with a single.

Senior reliever Greg Lane (Binghamton, N.Y.) pitched two hitless innings to earn the win. Dennis went the first five innings, allowing three runs, striking out four and walking one.

In game 2, BU trailed 5-2 before scoring four in the fourth inning - thanks primarily to a three-run home run from Bregartner. VMI tied the game in the fifth but BU recaptured the lead with a run in the eigth. The Keydets, however, struck for three runs in the bottom of the eighth on a bases-clearing double.

Holley went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Bregartner collected two hits, as did Klee, senior third baseman Ryan James (Wading River, N.Y.) and freshman center fielder Corey Taylor (Vestal, N.Y.).

Sophomore Murphy Smith (Clifton Park, N.Y.) allowed three earned runs in five innings.

Binghamton plays a single game at Virginia Tech Sunday at noon.

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