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Bearcats outslug Saints

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Binghamton (17-20) scored runs in five of the first six innings and went to post a 10-9 win over MAAC leader Siena (16-26) Tuesday afternoon from rain-soaked Siena Field. The Bearcats have now won seven of their last eight games.

The two teams didn’t produce a scoreless inning until the eighth, trading blows amid a steady rain and cold temperatures. Binghamton outhit their hosts 12-8 but five BU errors led to four unearned runs.
The Bearcats trailed 7-4 before plating three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. Siena got two back in the home half of the seventh before sophomore Tsuyoshi Horibata shut the door. Horibata (3 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with back-to-back strikeouts punctuating his first collegiate save. Junior Anthony Grillini (2-0) got the win after allowing just one hit and one earned run in his three middle innings.

Freshman catcher Eddie Posavec went 3-for-5, junior right fielder Zach Blanden went 2-for-4 with an RBI and senior first baseman Shaun McGraw drove in a pair to pace the offense. Every hitter in the lineup had at least one hit.

The Bearcats wasted no time asserting themselves with two runs in the first inning. Blanden and senior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz worked back-to-back walks and later scored on RBIs from McGraw (sacrifice fly) and sophomore third baseman Reed Gamache (single). Siena got on the board with a run in the bottom of the first - continuing a stretch where the teams scored runs in eight of nine half-innings. Freshman starter Casey Wenzel limited the damage with a strikeout to strand two runners.

In the second inning, Posavec and Blanden strung together singles and after a Bereszniewicz sacrifice bunt, senior second baseman Daniel Nevares brought home a run with an RBI groundout.
The Saints, however, countered with two runs on three hits in their half of the second. Junior left fielder Jake Thomas cut down the go-ahead run at the plate to keep the score knotted at 3-3. It was the sixth outfield assist for Thomas this spring. Siena got two more runs in the third to take a 5-3 lead before BU counterd with an unearned run in the fourth.

After Siena scored two more runs on just one hit in the fourth, BU erupted for three runs in the fifth to even the score at 7-7. Freshman DH Brendan Skidmore hit a single to load the bases and senior shortstop John Howell drew an RBI walk. Posavec brought in the sixth run with a groundout and Blanden came through with a two-out RBI single to tie the game.

One inning later, BU put three more runs on the board. McGraw laced an RBI double down the left field line, Thomas walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch and Skidmore plated Binghamton’s final run with an RBI groundout.

Grillini got out of trouble in the sixth inning with an infield pop-up that left two on base.

Siena entered the game having won nine of its last 10 and sporting a league-leading 12-3 mark in the MAAC.

The Bearcats now return their attention to America East play, where reigning champion BU sits in third position in the America East standings with six conference games remaining. The top four teams advance to the postseason tournament, May 22-24 at Lowell, Mass. Binghamton hosts UMass Lowell in a three-game set this weekend, beginning with a doubleheader at noon on Saturday.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)


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