Immediate Release: February 26, 2011
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Visiting Binghamton (1-2) and VMI traded strong pitching performances in a doubleheader split Saturday afternoon from Gray-Minor Stadium. The Bearcats took the opener 7-1 before the Keydets salvaged a split with a 2-0 win in the nightcap.
In the opener, junior Mike Augliera tossed seven scoreless innings and BU plated two runs in the third, one in the sixth, three in the eighth and one in the ninth. Augliera stretched his streak to 19 innings without allowing a run, dating back to last spring. He gave up just four singles, struck out six and didn't walk a batter before yielding to senior Morgan Smith in the eighth.
Then in the sixth, Lukaszewski led off with a bunt single. He went to third after Ciocchi singled and was erased on a double play. Senior left fielder Jeff Skelhorne-Gross pushed a single through the right side to score Lukaszewski and make it 3-0.
In the eighth, Bregartner led off with a walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lukaszewski. After an infield single by Ciocchi, Taylor greeted the VMI relief pitcher with a two-run double down the left field line on his first offering. Taylor then moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a fielding error.
After VMI snapped the shutout with a run on two hits in the eighth, Ciocchi restored the six-run cushion with a two-out, RBI double in the ninth inning.
In the seven-inning game two, BU was shut down on three hits and lost despite a solid outing from sophomore Jay Lynch, who scattered five hits and two runs over six innings. Lynch struck out four and didn't walk a batter. His only hiccup came in the first frame, when VMI opened with a single and an RBI double and after a groundout and sacrifice fly, the damage was done.
The two teams conclude their four-game set with a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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