Bearcats Outslug Maine to Grab Share of First

By wbng sports

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 18, 2010 at 10:50 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - Junior right fielder Peter Bregartner delivered a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning, rallying host Binghamton (12-17, 4-3 America East) to a wild 13-11 win over Maine (19-16, 4-3 AE) and a split of their doubleheader Sunday afternoon from chilly Varsity Field.

The Black Bears took the opener 3-1 before the teams combined for 24 runs on 37 hits in the nightcap.

Bregartner's hit was BU's 19th of the game - all singles - and capped a late rally.

Maine snapped a 9-9 tie with two runs in the seventh and after BU got one back in the bottom of the seventh to trail 11-10, the Bearcats strung together four hits and three runs in the decisive eighth inning.

Junior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski led off with a sharp single down the left field line and senior second baseman Jim Calderone followed with a bunt single down the first base line.

With one out, sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi scorched a single up the middle, scoring Lukaszewski with the tying run.

After a BU strikeout and walk loaded the bases with two out, Bregartner stroked an 0-1 pitch into left center to score Calderone and Ciocchi.

Sophomore stopper Alex Adami pitched the final two innings to earn the win.

Adami (2-1), BU's fifth pitcher of the game, struck out two and allowed just one hit.

He entered with a man on third and no outs in the eighth and got out of the jam with a groundout, infield pop-up and a strike out.

In the ninth, Adami recorded another strikeout and after a single, closed out the win with a force out and groundout.

Calderone went 4-for-5 with three runs scored.

Bregartner and Ciocchi were each 3-for-5 with two RBI.

Junior outfielder Corey Taylor and senior designated hitter Joe Charron also drove in two runs apiece.

Taylor's pair of RBI gave him a team-high 32 in 28 games this season.

Maine took the opener as pitcher Jeffrey Gibbs scattered nine hits and one run in a complete-game win.

The Bearcats stranded 10 runners and the heart of BU's lineup (Nos. 2-5) was a combined 2-for-14.

The offensive letdown spoiled a good pitching outing from sophomore Mike Augliera, who struck out eight in a complete game and allowed just single runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings.

The Bearcats had numerous golden opportunities to score, including a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the sixth which fizzled with a strikeout, double-play sequence.

Binghamton came within two feet of tying the game in the bottom of the seventh when a two-out, two-strike double by Taylor hit the top of the fence in right center.

With runners on second and third and a single away from tying the game, pinch hitter Jeff Skelhorne-Gross struck out on three pitches to end the game.

Freshman catcher Mike Danaher went 2-for-3 and drove in BU's only run with a fourth-inning RBI single.

Calderone was 2-for-3.

Binghamton hosts Marist Tuesday in a single non-conference game at 3 PM.

Courtesy: Binghamton University

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