Immediate Release: February 27, 2011
LEXINGTON, Va. -- VMI snapped a 1-1 tie with four runs in the seventh inning and added four more in the eighth to roll past visiting Binghamton (1-3) 9-2 Sunday afternoon from Gray-Minor Stadium. The Keydets (4-5) jumped on BU's bullpen to wipe out a strong pitching debut from freshman starter Jack Rogalla, who held VMI to one run through six innings in a no-decision.
The hosts strung together five hits (four singles) and four runs in the decisive seventh inning with the big blow being a two-run double to right center. After BU got one run back on a solo home run from freshman second baseman Daniel Nevares in the top of the eighth, VMI struck again in the bottom of the frame, rapping five singles - four with two out, to put the game away.
Five Binghamton pitchers allowed 14 hits - 13 singles and a double. The Bearcats managed eight hits, including two apiece from Nevares, junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi and senior right fielder Peter Bregartner. Ciocchi hit .533 in the four-game set (8-for-15) with three extra-base hits and three RBI. Bregartner scored BU's other run, in the third inning. With one out, he singled and took second on a fielding error by the left fielder. After a groundout, Bregartner stole third and scored on a throwing error by the VMI catcher - one of four Keydet errors on the afternoon.
Rogalla tossed six innings and allowed four hits and one run. He struck out three and walked one. He struck out the final batter of the first inning with two runners on to only allow the lone run. He stranded another runner in the second, and two more in the third. Rogalla retired the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings and left another on base in the sixth before departing.
The Bearcats return to Virginia next weekend for a four-game set at Liberty.
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