Bearcats take series from Stony Brook
3/24/2013 (Updated 4:06:03 PM)LONG ISLAND, N.Y.Senior Jay Lynch fired seven scoreless innings and Binghamton gave him plenty of support in an 8-1 win over Stony Brook in the series finale Sunday afternoon from Joe Nathan Field.
The Bearcats (11-7, 3-3 AE) were sharp in all facets of the game, outhitting the host Seawolves (7-15, 2-4 AE) 13-5 and playing an error-free game on defense. With the win, BU took two of three against Stony Brook and evened its conference mark after the first two series.
Lynch allowed just three hits and struck out eight in a strong outing. He fanned seven in the first four innings and only allowed singles in the fourth and sixth innings and a double in the seventh. Lynch (2-2) dropped more than a run off his season ERA (2.96) before giving way to freshman Jake Cryts, who worked the final two innings.
Binghamton gave Lynch plenty of offensive support with eight runs on 13 hits. The Bearcats scored runs in four of the first seven innings to build their cushion. They struck for two runs in the first inning, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and a final run in the seventh. Stony Brook snapped the shutout with a run in the ninth.
Freshman second baseman Reed Gamache drove in his first two collegiate runs with a 2-for-4, 2 RBI showing. Gamache delivered a two-out, two-run single to highlight the fourth inning production. Senior designated hitter Daniel Nevares went 3-for-5 with an RBI and junior shortstop John Howell went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Sophomore right fielder Zach Blanden had two hits and a run.
Howell opened the scoring with an RBI double down the left field line in the first inning, scoring Blanden, who had led off the game with a single. Junior third baseman Brian Ruby hit a sacrifice fly to score Howell and make it 2-0.
After Gamaches big hit in the fourth, freshman center fielder Mike Bunal delivered a double and then Gamache scampered home on a wild pitch to push BUs lead to 5-0.
Nevares, who hit .600 in the series (6-for-10), stroked an RBI single in the fifth and another Bearcat run came around to score in a pair of Stony Brook errors.
Senior catcher Mike Danaher capped the scoring with a two-out RBI single in the seventh.
The Bearcats held a 3.00 pitching ERA in the series, scored 19 runs and committed just one error.
Binghamton returns to non-conference play with a doubleheader at Bucknell on Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. in Harrisonburg, Pa.
(Courtesy: BU Athletics)
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