Baseball splits pair of games in Virginia
March 15, 2011Tweet
Binghamton (3-7) split a pair of games Sunday in Arlington, Va., losing to George Washington (5-9), 13-8, before beating Central Connecticut State (1-4-1) 8-7.
In the win over CCSU, the Bearcats rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth to overtake the Blue Devils. The game featured seven lead changes. Down 6-5 in the eighth, senior left fielder Jeff Skelhorne-Gross led off with a home run to tie the game. Then with two outs, freshman shortstop John Howell rapped a double and came home to score the go-ahead run on a single by freshman second baseman Daniel Nevares.
The Bearcats were the home team in this neutral game and sophomore reliever Lee Sosa earned the save with the final three outs of the ninth. Senior Morgan Smith notched the win with two innings of work.
Skelhorne-Gross had two hits and two RBI. Senior center fielder Corey Taylor went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Howell went 2-for-4 and sophomore catcher Mike Danaher was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi belted his team-high third home run in the seventh inning.
The Bearcats collected 13 hits and received a solid performance from sophomore pitcher Jay Lynch, who worked six innings and gave up three runs.
In the opener against GW, the Bearcats got off to a quick start with three runs in the top of the first inning. But the Colonials tied it with three in the bottom of the inning and GW broke the game open with four in the fourth, one in the fifth and four more in the sixth frame. A three-run home run did the damage in the fourth and GW added a solo shot in the fifth and four runs - all with two out - in the sixth.
The hosts racked up 18 hits and led 13-3 before Binghamton tacked on five runs in the eighth to draw closer.
Ciocchi and Taylor each belted a three-run home run. Ciocchi ripped his second of the season in the first inning and Taylor hit his second in the eighth. But BU did nothing else in between and GW jumped on junior starter Mike Augliera for eight runs on nine hits to take control. Binghamton’s 5-9 hitters went a combined 0-for-18.
Ciocchi went 3-for-3 with the three RBI and senior right fielder Pete Bregartner went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Freshman catcher Kyle Liner added his first collegiate RBI on a base hit in the eighth.