Nevares leads BU offensive assault on Cornell
4/22/2014 (Updated 11:06:54 PM)ITHACA, N.Y. - Binghamton (13-19) snapped a 5-5 tie with two runs in the eighth inning and the visiting Bearcats won for the fourth time in their last five, 8-6 over Cornell (15-20) Tuesday afternoon from Hoy Field. The offense has come alive of late for BU, which is averaging six runs per game during the 4-1 stretch.
Senior second baseman Daniel Nevares, who went 3-for-6 with a double, triple and three RBI, led off the eighth with a triple to right center. With one out, sophomore first baseman Reed Gamache stroked an RBI single up the middle to give BU a 6-5 lead. Gamache then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Junior right fielder Zach Blanden plated Gamache with an RBI single through the right side, giving the Bearcats a 7-5 advantage.
Cornell got one run back in the bottom of the frame but BU restored its two-run cushion in the top of the ninth with a run on an RBI triple from junior left fielder Jake Thomas. Sophomore third baseman David Schanz hit a one-out single and with two outs, Schanz stole second. Thomas then delivered his eighth RBI in the last three games with a shot down the right field line.
The Big Red put together a pair of two-out singles in their final at-bat and had the tying run at first base before junior reliever Anthony Grillini (W, 1-0) induced a fly ball to right to end the game.
Grillini pitched the final 3.2 innings and allowed three runs. Freshman Nicholas Liegi was in line for the win after pitching five strong innings but BUís bullpen surrendered a 5-1 lead. Liegi allowed just three hits and one run and notched three strikeouts.
Nevares picked up his team-high ninth double of the season and was a home run away from hitting for the cycle. Senior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz raised his conference-leading batting average to .354 by going 3-for-5 with an RBI. Schanz was 3-for-6 and senior shortstop John Howell and freshman catcher Eddie Posavec had two hits apiece.
Nevaresí bases-clearing double in the sixth inning finished off a five-run frame that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 5-1 BU lead. The first run crossed on a Cornell infield error and Bereszniewicz added an RBI single before Nevares found deep center field with his three-run base knock.
Cornell cut away at BUís lead, however, with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and then tied the game with a run in the seventh.
The Bearcats outhit Cornell 17-10 but stranded a season-high 15 baserunners.
Binghamton heads to Olean on Wednesday for a 3 p.m. game at St. Bonaventure.
(Courtesy: BU Athletics)
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