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Bearcats pick up win, tie in twinbill against Marist

VESTAL, N.Y. - After 23 straight games away from home to start the spring, Binghamton gave its home fans five and a half hours of baseball Wednesday and when darkness fell at the end of Game 2, BU had a win and a tie against visiting Marist (9-17-1). The Bearcats (11-13-1) won the opener 7-3 and the teams settled for a 9-9 Game 2 tie with dwindling light. Both games went the scheduled seven innings.

In the midweek non-conference twinbill, head coach Tim Sinicki utilized 25 roster players. Midway through Game 2, it looked like BU was headed to a sweep of the MAAC-member Red Foxes, but Marist rallied twice, from a 6-0 early hole and then a 9-6 deficit in the sixth inning, to forge the tie.

In the opener, the Bearcats snapped a 1-1 tie with two runs in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth to take control. Junior first baseman Kyle Coronel delivered an RBI double in the fourth and added a two-out RBI single to cap the four-run outburst one inning later.

Four BU pitchers covered the seven innings, beginning with freshman lefty Nick Wegmann, who struck out six in 3.0 solid innings. Wegmann allowed just two hits and a run before giving way to junior Nicholas Liegi (W, 1-1), who set down six straight Marist hitters in the fourth and fifth innings. Senior Anthony Grillini and freshman Dylan Stock worked one inning apiece.

Coronel went 3-for-3 with three RBI. Freshman DH Pat Britt went 2-for-2 with an RBI and three runs scored.

With just one holdover in the lineup for Game 2 (senior RF Jake Thomas), BU jumped on Marist early for two runs in the first and four in the second inning. The Bearcats strung together three hits in the first inning and four in the second - the last of which was a two-run single by freshman catcher Jason Agresti. But the Red Foxes got on the board with a run in the third and then sent nine men to the plate in a five-run fifth. That frame included three walks, two wild pitches, a hit batter and a grand slam.

Binghamton seemed to weather the storm by plating three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman third baseman Luke Tevlin hit a one-out, two-run triple down the right field line and Wegmann, now as DH, added a sacrifice fly to give BU a 9-6 advantage. But Marist struck for two runs in the sixth inning and then the visitors pushed across the equalizer on one hit, a walk and an error in the seventh. The Red Foxes' final three runs were unearned after BU defensive miscues.

Tevlin went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Freshman second baseman CJ Krowiak went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored and both Thomas and Agresti collected two hits and two RBI.

Binghamton welcomes longtime rival Albany to the Bearcats Sports Complex this weekend for a key America East series. The teams will play a doubleheader beginning at noon on Saturday and wrap up with a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The last time BU played to a tie was in 2006, when the visiting Bearcats and Delaware State tied 3-3 in the second game of a doubleheader on March 5. The team hasn't had a tie at home in more than 28 years.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)