Immediate Release: February 25, 2011
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Host VMI (2-4) rallied from 3-1 down to defeat Binghamton (0-1) 5-3 in the Bearcats' season-opener Friday afternoon from Gray-Minor Stadium.
center fielder Corey Taylor opened
his 2011 campaign with a splash, belting a two-run home run in
his first at-bat. With two outs in the first, junior first baseman
Dave Ciocchi singled up the middle
on a 3-2 pitch and Taylor followed by blasting an 0-1 offering
over the left field fence. It was Taylor's first at-bat since
suffering a broken jaw after taking a pitch to the face in an
The Bearcats surrendered an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning but made it 3-1 with a single run in the third. Senior right fielder Peter Bregartner singled with one out and advanced to third on a fielding error by the VMI right fielder. Senior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski drove him in with a foul-ball sacrifice fly to right.
But the Keydets struck for three runs in the fifth to take the lead and added an insurance run in the seventh after BU couldn't capitalize on a runner in scoring position in the top of the frame.
After collecting five hits in the first three innings, the BU bats went silent with just one hit over the final six innings. The team's veterans at the top of the lineup (#1-4) accounted for all five hits but the five through nine hitters went a combined 0-for-15 with 11 strikeouts.
Senior lefty James Giulietti took the loss, allowing six hits and three earned runs in five innings. Giulietti nearly got out of the fifth unscathed after retiring the first two hitters. But VMI went single-single-double-single to do the damage. Senior Zach Juliano pitched the final three innings and allowed one run on two hits. Juliano struck out four and walked one.
The two teams continue their four-game set with a doubleheader on Saturday. Game one begins at 1 p.m.
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