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Bearcats earn Saturday split vs. Stony Brook

VESTAL, N.Y.Junior Jack Rogalla allowed just four hits in nine strong innings and classmate Shaun McGraw had two hits and two RBI as Binghamton (21-16, 10-9 AE) defeated Stony Brook, 3-1, to gain a split of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon from the Bearcats Sports Complex. The visiting Seawolves (16-28, 8-12 AE) took the opener 5-1.

Rogalla (4-3) was sharp all game long and only a run on a double-play grounder in the eighth prevented his shutout. He struck out two and didnt walk a batter in lowering his season ERA to a stingy 2.11.

McGraw led the offense with an RBI single in the first - part of a two-run outburst - and a two-out RBI double in the fifth.
Binghamton loaded the bases with no out in the first against Stony Brook starter Brandon McNitt. Sophomore right fielder Zach Blanden opened the frame with a walk and freshman third baseman David Schanz dropped down a perfect bunt single. Sophomore left fielder Jake Thomas hit a comebacker to the mound but McNitt threw high trying to get the lead runner at third and that loaded the bases. After a shallow pop-up, McGraw lashed a single through the right side to score Blanden with the first run. Senior first baseman Jordon Smucker then made it 2-0 with an RBI groundout to second.

In the fifth, junior second baseman Daniel Nevares sent a two-out double into the right field corner and McGraw followed with a deep shot to the base of the wall in right center, giving the Bearcats and Rogalla a 3-0 cushion.

The Seawolves threatened to make it a big inning in the eighth after back-to-back hits put runners on first and third with no outs. But Rogalla induced the 4-6-3 double play and another grounder to limit the damage. Rogalla and Smucker teamed for a nice defensive play to begin the ninth with Smucker stabbing a grounder and tossing to Rogalla, who raced over to cover the bag. Junior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz made a diving catch on a shallow fly for the second out and a 6-3 groundout finished the game.

McGraw went 2-for-4 with the two RBI and Nevares and Bereszniewicz each went 2-for-4.

In the opener, Stony Brook scored the decisive runs with one swing - a grand slam in the fifth inning off the bat of first baseman Kevin Courtney. Bearcats starter Jake Lambert was cruising along in a 1-1 game and struck out the first two hitters in the fifth. But a sharp single under his 6-foot-9 frame and a soft infield single put runners on and the Seawolves loaded the bases with a walk. Courtney then blasted a 1-0 offering over the wall in right center for the damage.

The Bearcats had a few chances early to get to Stony Brook starter Frankie Vanderka, but aside from one run and five hits, Vanderka didnt bend. Binghamton used a one-out single by Bereszniewicz and a triple to deep right center from Blanden to plate the games first run. Blanden, however, was stranded on third. The Seawolves used a single and double to even the score in the fourth but Thomas cut down the go-ahead run at the plate with a strong throw from left field. Binghamton threatened in the fifth with back-to-back two-out walks. Sophomore catcher Nick Pancerella ripped a Vanderka offering on a rope to deep left but the Seawolves outfielder reached to snare it at the warning track, saving two runs.

Binghamton put two runners on base in the sixth but couldnt deliver and wound up stranding six in the seven-inning game.
Lambert (4-2) went the distance, allowing the five runs on nine hits. He struck out six and walked a pair.

Nevares went 2-for-3 - the only Bearcat with more than one hit.
Binghamton will send out senior Jay Lynch (4-3, 2.06 ERA) for Sundays rubber game, which begins at noon.

Senior RHP Jay Lynch (BU) (4-3, 2.06 ERA) vs. Freshman LHP Daniel Zamora (S) (1-6, 4.15 ERA).

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)


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