Baseball outlasts Marist for third straight win
4/16/2013 (Updated 10:32:17 PM)POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y.Binghamton baseball (17-12) scored seven runs in the third inning and built a 10-2 lead before hanging on for an 11-9 non-conference win over Marist (18-13-1) Tuesday afternoon at McCann Field.
Starting a stretch of seven games in nine days, BU rested three starters and rolled through five pitchers in a wild game that produced as many combined walks as hits (19).
The host Red Foxes were on the giving end initially, walking eight in the first four frames. Binghamton took full advantage with three runs in the first inning without generating a base hit. Three straight bases on balls to open the game put Marist in a jam and BU plated runs on a groundout by junior first baseman Brian Ruby, a wild pitch and a two-out bases-loaded walk by sophomore catcher Nick Pancerella.
After Marist got two runs back in the bottom of the second, BU sent 12 men to the plate in the decisive third inning, tallying seven runs on three hits, three walks, two errors, a hit batter and wild pitch. Sophomore outfielder Zach Blanden had a two-run double, Pancerella added an RBI single and freshmen infielders David Schanz and Reed Gamache recorded RBIs as the Bearcats saw three Red Foxes pitchers in the frame.
But with a 10-2 lead, BU began to give back as a bases-loaded walk and hit batter keyed a four-run Marist uprising that brought the hosts to within four, 10-6. The Bearcats put their final run on the board in the fifth, courtesy of a two-out RBI single from junior outfielder Shaun McGraw.
The Red Foxes used two walks and another hit batter to push a run across in their half of the fifth and then Marist made it interesting by bringing the tying run to the plate after loading the bases with no out in its final at-bat. They used three hits and a walk to score twice and had the tying run at first when sophomore Anthony Grillini nailed down his second save of the season with a groundout to short to end the game.
Ostner (W, 1-1), BUs third pitcher of the game, went 3.1 innings and was credited with the win as the most effective of BUs five hurlers. He struck out seven and allowed just one hit and one run.
Pancerella went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Blanden went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs driven in. Sophomore left fielder Jake Thomas, who entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation in on-base percentage (.542), reached base in 3-of-5 appearances, raising his season mark to .544. Thomas recorded a double, walk and was hit by pitch.
(Courtesy Binghamton Athletics)
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