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Binghamton University Baseball splits doubleheader with UMass-Lowell Saturday

VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior second baseman Daniel Nevares belted two home runs and drove in a career-high five runs to pace Binghamton baseball (18-21, 9-10 America East) to a 10-6 win over visiting UMass Lowell (18-17, 9-7 AE) in the doubleheader opener Saturday at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

The River Hawks gained the split, however, with a 3-2 win in the nightcap. The teams will play the rubber game of the three-game set at noon on Sunday.


Nevares launched a two-run home run in the fourth inning to snap a 4-4 tie. He then added an RBI double off the wall in the sixth and capped his stellar game with another two-run home run in the seventh. Just a single short of the cycle, Nevares instead collected four extra-base hits in his 4-for-5 outing.

Junior Jack Rogalla (W, 4-6) scattered seven hits and four earned runs over 6.2 innings. Junior Greg Ostner earned his third save of the season with 2.1 scoreless innings of one-hit ball.

Down 3-0, Lowell scored four runs on four hits in the fourth inning to take a 4-3 lead. But the Bearcats answered in the bottom of the frame. Senior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz, who had five hits and three RBI on the day, drilled a two-out RBI triple to the fence in dead center, scoring junior right fielder Zach Blanden, who had singled with two out. Nevares followed by launching a 3-1 pitch off the top of the scoreboard to give BU a 6-4 lead.

In the sixth, Nevares found the wall in left center with an RBI double that scored Bereszniewicz, who had also doubled to the wall. That made it 7-4, which allowed the Bearcats to withstand a pair of Lowell unearned runs in the seventh inning that came off a two-run home run.
But as they had done in the fourth frame, BU answered with runs of its own in the bottom of the inning - again courtesy of Bereszniewicz and Nevares. With two outs, Bereszniewicz sent an RBI double to right center that scored Blanden, who had hit a two-out double. Nevares followed by driving a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left center, making it 10-6.
Bereszniewicz wound up 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and two RBI. Sophomore third baseman Reed Gamache had two RBI and Blanden recorded two hits.

Binghamton outhit Lowell 12-8.

The River Hawks kept BU bats quiet in Game 2, however, and scored the winning run in the top of the seventh and final inning on an infield single and RBI double.

The Bearcats were limited to five hits.

Freshman designated hitter Brendan Skidmore made one of those hits count with a one-out, second-inning home run that tied the game. The solo shot over the wall in left center was his first collegiate long ball. Lowell reclaimed the lead with a run on two hits and an error in the top of the third. Binghamton answered in the fifth when freshman catcher Eddie Posavec smacked a one-out double to the wall in left center and two batters later, Bereszniewicz came through with a two-out RBI single to center that tied the game at 2-2.

Freshman reliever Nicholas Liegi (L, 1-1) relieved classmate and starter Jextin Pugh in the fifth inning and left the bases loaded in both the fifth and sixth frames to keep the game deadlocked. In the sixth, junior left fielder Jake Thomas scaled the wall in left field to rob River Hawks’ clean-up hitter Matt Mottola of a hit and multiple RBIs.

After Lowell scored in the top of the seventh, BU put the tying run on when Posavec hit a sharp single past third base. But a fly out and grounder to third ended the threat and the game.

Pugh went 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. Liegi worked out of the jams in back-to-back innings and gave up four hits and one run.

Bereszniewicz and Posavec had two hits apiece.
Sophomore Jake Cryts (3-4, 3.97 ERA) opposes Christian Lavoie (1-2. 3.11 ERA) on Sunday.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Athletics)

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