Bearcats Baseball stretch Win-streak to 5Posted: Updated:
Binghamton baseball (9-15, 5-4 America East) exploded for eight runs in its final two at-bats to pull away from UMass Lowell (10-17, 3-6 AE), 10-2, in the series finale Sunday afternoon. With the win, BU swept the three-game series and extended its win streak to five games. The game was delayed three times due to snow flurries and was played amid near-freezing temperatures at the Baseball Complex.
The Bearcats were nursing a 2-1 lead before plating four runs in the bottom of the seventh - all courtesy of the long ball. Senior center fielder CJ Krowiak yanked a 1-0 pitch into the BU bullpen in left to make it 3-1. It was Krowiak's third home run of the season. After singles by senior shortstop Paul Rufo and senior first baseman Luke Tevlin, junior designated hitter Pat Britt then drove a 2-1 pitch over the wall in right field for a three-run blast and a 6-1 BU lead. It was Britt's second home run of the season and gave him five RBI in three games this week.
One inning later, BU tacked on four more runs to pull away. Krowiak had an RBI single - BU's lone hit of the inning - and the Bearcats benefited from three River Hawks' wild pitches and a walk.
Senior Jacob Wloczewski (W, 1-4) had a strong game despite the frigid temperatures, going 7.0 innings and allowing just one run on three hits with three strikeouts.
Britt, who also had an RBI single in the second inning, wound up with four RBI. Krowiak went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. Tevlin and Rufo had two hits apiece.
Sophomore third baseman Justin Drpich brought in BU's second run with a perfectly executed safety squeeze bunt in the bottom of the sixth. His well placed bunt up the first base line scored Tevlin from third and earned him a base hit as well.
In the three-game series, BU outscored UMass Lowell 18-3. The pitching staff had a 0.72 ERA and the offense hit .326.
Binghamton plays the next six games on the road, beginning with a single game at Cornell Tuesday afternoon.
Courtesy: BU Athletics Department