Augliera extends scoreless-inning streak to 19
March 1, 2011Tweet
Visiting Binghamton and VMI traded strong pitching performances in a doubleheader split Feb. 26, from Gray-Minor Stadium in Lexington, Va. The Bearcats took the opener 7-1 before the Keydets salvaged a split with a 2-0 victory in the nightcap.
In the opener, junior Mike Augliera tossed seven scoreless innings and Binghamton 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.
Junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi went 4-for-5 with three RBI, senior center fielder Corey Taylor drove in a pair and senior right fielder Peter Bregartner scored three runs.
In the third inning, with two outs, Bregartner singled and stole second. After a walk to senior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski, Ciocchi drilled a 1-1 pitch down the right field line for a two-run triple.
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, Binghamton 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.
In the final game of the series on Feb. 27, VMI snapped a 1-1 tie with four runs in the seventh inning and added four more in the eighth to beat the Bearcats, 9-2. The Keydets jumped on Binghamton’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.