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Vestal, N.Y. - Binghamton University baseball finds themselves 15-17 on the 2019 season and 5-6 throughout the America East Conference. With less than a month left of the regular season, the Bearcats will play sixteen more games, twelve of those meetings are America East match-ups.
"The stretch we have coming up is really going to define our season" said head coach Tim Sinicki. "The conference is really bunched up this year. No one's running away with it and no one's layed an egg yet. Everyone is in the mix still. Every weekend will be important and every game will be important."
On paper you'll find the Bearcats towards the bottom of the America East Conference, sitting in fifth place out of seven teams.
"I think people can go from second place to seventh place in a matter of a weekend" said Sinicki. "So, we just need to make sure we're taking care of business on our end."
Binghamton's pitching has certainly taken care of business, the Bearcats pitching staff leads the America East with a 4.85 ERA, allowing 169 runs.
"Our pitching has been pretty consistent" said Sinicki. A little hiccup this past weekend where we gave up a big number against Lowell. But, for the most part, we're holding our own and doing a pretty good job to win each time we step on the field."
At the plate, Binghamton is averaging .260, holding the second best batting average in the conference. However, the Bearcats are struggling to put up those numbers on a consistent basis, exploding in one game and being quiet in the next.
"We just need to be more consistent" said Sinicki. The games that we've scored a lot of runs has helped our statistics look really nice and gets us to the top of the lead in some categories. But, in other games we've been shut out or held to minimal runs.
"We need to find a way to be consistent across the board and show the ability to score more runs and not just have random offensive explosions where we score 10 runs in one game and score 0 the next."
The Bearcats just snapped a four-game losing skid with a 4-1 win over UMASS Lowell on Sunday. Their upcoming task will be this weekend when they host the University of Hartford (13-22) in a three-game series Saturday and Sunday. The two teams will meet for the first time all season, the Bearcats will still be without center fielder Shane Marshall and infielder Jake Evans.
"Unfortunately the injuries that happened, it's a part of what we do, it's a part of sports" said Sinicki. We've got guys filling those roles and keeping us steady, until we get full strength once again."
Evans will look to get back to the diamond this week, while Marshall is still recovering from a hamstring injury and will most likely be out for another 2-3 weeks.
Bearcats host the University of Hartford in a double-header Saturday starting at noon.