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BU Baseball gets swept in doubleheader with UMBC

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VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton left 22 runners stranded in 16 innings of baseball and suffered a costly doubleheader sweep at the hands of UMBC Saturday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The visiting Retrievers won 3-1 and 6-3, strengthening their postseason position and dropping BU into fifth position in the standings. After winning 40 of the previous 46 meetings between the two programs, BU has now lost five straight to UMBC this season and is one spot out of the playoff picture with seven regular-season games remaining. The teams will complete their three-game series with a single game at noon on Sunday.

In the opener, BU stranded 14 and came up short despite putting runners on base in eight of the nine innings. The Bearcats left the bases loaded in the first inning and stranded two in each of the second and third innings to miss a great opportunity to take the lead. UMBC scored two runs in the fourth and added a run in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead. The Bearcats got one run back in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore shortstop Brendan Skidmore hit a two-out RBI single up the middle. But the Bearcats couldn't get a timely hit the rest of the way.

Three UMBC pitchers issued nine walks but limited BU to five hits - two of which came from freshman left fielder CJ Krowiak (2-for-3). Bearcats senior starter Greg Ostner (L, 1-6) scattered seven hits and two earned runs over 5.2 innings. Redshirt freshman Jacob Wloczewski finished with 3.1 scoreless innings.

In Game 2, UMBC scored three go-ahead runs in the fifth inning to snap a 3-3 tie. The Retrievers tallied single runs in each of the first three innings to build a 3-0 cushion. Binghamton rallied with two runs in the bottom of the third and then tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a bases-loaded walk. But UMBC sent nine men to the plate in the fifth and used three hits, two wild pitches and an error to pull away.

Binghamton outhit UMBC 8-6 in the nightcap but committed three crucial errors which led to four unearned runs.

Senior right fielder Jake Thomas drove in two runs and Skidmore went 2-for-4. Junior second baseman Reed Gamache added an RBI. Junior starter Mike Bunal (L, 4-4) took the loss after allowing two earned runs on four hits in 4.1 innings. Senior Anthony Grillini went the final 2.2 scoreless frames and struck out a pair.

(Courtesy: Binghamton University Athletics)