Bearcats drop Both of Two-Game Home StintPosted: Updated:
Visiting St. John's took (11-7) command with four runs in the second inning and completed a two-game sweep of Binghamton baseball (4-13) with an 8-2 victory Sunday afternoon at the Bearcats Baseball Complex.
The BIG EAST member Red Storm, who have made 36 NCAA tournament appearances, including the last three, used a nine-hit attack and broke open a close game with four runs over the final three innings.
Binghamton struck first in the opening frame. With one out, junior outfielder Anthony Meduri was hit by pitch and went to second on a single to right by senior shortstop Paul Rufo. Senior catcher Jason Agresti then hit a grounder to third and while attempting the turn at second for a double play, the Red Storm infielder threw the ball away at first, allowing Meduri to score and give BU a quick 1-0 lead.
But things unraveled for Bearcats' starter Nick Gallagher (L, 0-4) with two out in the top of the second. St. John's strung together five consecutive hits (four singles then a double) to plate four runs.
In the bottom of the fourth, BU had a chance to climb back into the game but was limited to one run and left the bases loaded. With one out, Agresti drew a walk and went to second on a single by sophomore third baseman Justin Drpich. A catcher's interference call loaded the bases and after a strikeout, freshman second baseman Jake Evans won a lengthy battle and singled through the right side to score Agresti and make it 4-2. But a fly ball to left field ended the threat.
The Bearcats left a runner on in the fifth and had another erased on a double play in the sixth before St. John's scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings and finished out the scoring with two more tallies in the ninth. Binghamton had two on with two out in the eighth but couldn't deliver the timely hit.
St. John's held a 9-6 edge in hits, with five of those coming in the second inning.
Freshman reliever Reid VanScoter replaced Gallagher in the fifth inning and allowed just two hits and a run in 3.0 innings.
Meduri went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Binghamton plays its second straight Power 5 opponent when BU travels to University Park to face Penn State Tuesday night.
Courtesy: BU Athletics Department