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Bearcats swept in DH by Stony Brook, eliminated from playoffs

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton baseball dropped a doubleheader to first-place Stony Brook on Friday, falling 13-4 and 5-0 at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With the losses, two-time defending champion BU fell short of qualifying for the postseason after advancing eight consecutive years.

In the opener, BU (17-24-1, 6-16 AE) fell behind immediately, giving up three runs on three hits in the first inning. Binghamton left five runners stranded in the first three innings, missing an opportunity to do early damage to Seawolves starter Tyler Honahan, who issued three walks in the first three innings before settling down. Ahead 4-1, Stony Brook (31-14, 18-4 AE) broke the game open with six runs on five hits in the fourth.

Binghamton used the long ball to score all four of its runs. Freshman DH Jason Agresti belted a solo home run to lead off the second inning. Agresti took a 2-0 pitch into the home bullpen in left field for his second round-tripper of the season.

Down 10-1 in the fourth, freshman left fielder CJ Krowiak hit his first collegiate home run. After senior first baseman Brian Ruby reached on a 1-out single, Krowiak went down low to drive a 2-2 inside pitch over the left field wall for a two-run homer.

After the Seawolves tacked on two more in the sixth, BU added the final run of the game on a solo shot from sophomore shortstop Brendan Skidmore in the eighth. It was Skidmore's team-leading sixth home run of the season.

Stony Brook outhit BU 16-11. Four BU pitchers issued nine walks and the Bearcats left 12 stranded on base.

Krowiak went 4-for-4 with two doubles and the two-run home run. Agresti had two hits.

In Game 2, the teams played four scoreless innings before Stony Brook broke through with a run in the fifth on a single and RBI double. The Seawolves added four runs on four hits and a two-run error in the ninth to close out the scoring.

Binghamton was held to five hits - two by senior right fielder Jake Thomas.

Junior starter Mike Bunal scattered four hits and one earned run in 5.2 innings of work.

The teams close out the regular season with a single game at noon on Saturday.

Stony Brook, UMBC, Maine and Hartford qualified for the upcoming America East tournament. Binghamton had advanced to the tournament every year since 2007 and will miss the postseason for just the second time in the last 11 years (2006).

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)