Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 3:11:45 PM

Local Sports

Print Friendly | Bookmark and Share

Binghamton baseball walks off with 4-3 win over Hartford to move up standings

VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior first baseman Shaun McGraw delivered a walk-off RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Binghamton (16-20, 8-9 America East) a 4-3 win over visiting Hartford (24-16, 10-4 AE) Sunday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

The extra-inning win over the first-place Hawks in the rubber game of the three-game set gave surging BU its sixth win in the last seven games and moved the reigning champions into the third-place position in the conference standings with six league games remaining. The top four teams advance to the America East tournament.

Binghamton outhit Hartford 16-7 but left 13 runners stranded before McGraw cashed in. Senior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz drew a leadoff walk to open the bottom of the 11th. Senior second baseman Daniel Nevares was hit-by-pitch, putting runners on first and second with no out. After a shallow pop-up to center, McGraw stepped in and drove a 2-1 pitch through the left side of the infield. The speedy Bereszniewicz rounded third and scored as the throw from left field was up the line. It’s the second straight year BU has beaten Hartford on an extra-inning walk-off hit.

Freshman Nicholas Liegi pitched three shutout innings to earn his first collegiate win. Liegi (W, 1-0) scattered three hits and worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the 11th to keep the scored knotted at 3-3. The 5-foot-8 walk-on gave up a bad-hop double to start the frame and after an ensuing single, the Hawks had runners on first and third with no out. Liegi induced an infield pop-up and then a shallow fly to left field that couldn’t advance the runners. He then got a fly ball to center to leave three stranded.

Sophomore starter Jake Cryts scattered four hits in 6.0 innings but Hartford took advantage of five walks to get a run in the second and two go-ahead runs in the sixth.

Down 3-1, BU tied it with a pair in the seventh. Freshman catcher Eddie Posavec and junior right fielder Zach Blanden opened with back-to-back singles. Bereszniewicz put down a bunt single to load the bases. Two batters later, junior left fielder Jake Thomas hit an RBI grounder to second that was misplayed into an error. McGraw followed with a fly ball to deep center that easily scored Blanden with the tying run, albeit unearned.

Junior Mike Urbanski relieved Cryts and tossed two scoreless innings before Liegi entered in the ninth. He pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, stranded the go-ahead runner on second in the 10th inning with two straight groundouts and then held firm in the 11th.

Blanden went 4-for-6 to cap his big weekend. He hit .500 (7-for-14) with six RBI in the three games. Senior shortstop John Howell went 3-for-5 with an RBI and Posavec also went 3-for-5. Sophomore third baseman Reed Gamache had two hits and McGraw had two RBI, highlighted by the game-winning hit. Thomas’ RBI was his team-high 30th of the season.

The Bearcats will play their final midweek non-conference game Tuesday at Siena.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Athletic Website)

VIEW VIDEO

View Related Articles: BU, (Col) Baseball, (Col) BU Bearcats or comment on this one below.

blog comments powered by Disqus


Back Back

News system programming and website hosting by EFX internet  EFX internet


Additional Articles


Bearcats are fun to coach VIEW VIDEO
When you look at the Bearcats 2-20 record, it may seem like a frustrating season.  It is, to a point.  Tommy Dempsey will be the first to tell you he'd like to have a few more wins and that winning... more

Tigers outlast Little Red VIEW VIDEO
Nicole Kaczmarczyk scored 13 to lead all scorers as U-E beat Ithaca 44-42 on Tuesday night.  The Little Red had a buzzer beater in the 4th that just narrowly missed to give the Tigers the victory. ... more

Plays of the Week VIEW VIDEO
Looking back on the week that was, enjoy your UHS Plays of the... more

Binghamton Men's Hoops falls to Stony Brook at home 61-54 VIEW VIDEO
VESTAL, N.Y. - Sophomore guard Marlon Beck led four players in double figures with 15 points but Stony Brook's Carson Puriefoy netted 27, including 14 of his team's final 16 points and the visiting... more

B-Sens Prince and Widemann Compete in AHL All Star Skill Competition VIEW VIDEO
In the Puck Control Relay, Shane Prince, Providence's Alexander Khokhlachev and Worcester's Matt Taormina took home a point for the Eastern Conference on the First Heat but B-Sens Chris Wideman and... more

BU Women's Hoops dropped by Seawolves 67-54
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Sabre Proctor had a game-high 14 points and Kori Bayne-Walker added 13 points, leading Stony Brook (11-9, 4-3 AE) to a 67-54 win over Binghamton (4-16, 2-5 AE) in an America East... more

Sunday High School Hockey VIEW VIDEO
Scores Union-Endicott 10 - Binghamton 2 Final Johnson City 2 - Maine-Endwell 6 Final... more

Click here for more local sports...icon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 A News Story

If you are looking for a copy of a news story that we recently aired, simply click here to find out how.

Breaking News

Do you have a tip or information about a breaking news story? Contact the FOX 40 News Desk at 607.798.0070 or send us an email .




Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Stumble It More...