Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Fourth-seeded Albany snapped a 6-6 tie with three runs in the ninth inning and the Great Danes (12-38) knocked top-seeded and host Binghamton (30-19) into the consolation bracket with a 9-6 win in the America East Championship Wednesday afternoon from Varsity Field. Binghamton will now face No. 2 seed Maine in Thursday's 11 a.m. elimination game. The Great Danes (12-38) will meet third-seeded Stony Brook in the 3 p.m. contest. Stony Brook defeated Maine 10-1 in the opening game of the day.
Albany rallied from three deficits against the four-time reigning regular-season champion Bearcats, who carried an NCAA-best 14-game win streak into the game. The Great Danes, who had won just 11 games all season, jumped on BU pitching for 17 hits, including seven doubles and two home runs. Albany's run total was only slowed by 15 runners left on base.
In the decisive ninth, Albany had three hits - a leadoff double and after a sacrifice, two more singles and a run-scoring double. The Bearcats put leadoff hitter Jim Calderone on to start the bottom of the ninth but two fly balls and a strikeout ended the game.
Binghamton had leads of 2-0, 5-2 and 6-5. The Bearcats led 5-2 after scoring twice in the second inning and three more times in the fifth. But Albany plated one run in the sixth and two runs in the seventh to tie the game at 5-5. Binghamton reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out RBI single from junior outfielder Corey Taylor. But the Great Danes rallied again in the eighth, scoring a two-out, unearned run on an infield throwing error. Binghamton had a golden chance to retake the lead in the bottom of the eighth when leadoff hitter Joel Stubbs reached on a error. But after a sacrifice moved him to second, back-to-back Bearcats struck out to kill the threat.
Junior ace James Giulietti, the co-Pitcher of the Year in the conference, was knocked out of the game in the sixth inning after surrendering three runs on nine hits and seeing his pitch count reach the century mark on a hot and humid day. Three BU relievers then gave up six runs over the final four innings.
Senior designated hitter Joe Charron ripped a two-out, two-run single to left in the fifth inning to extend his school-record hit streak to 19 games.
Taylor went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
The teams combined for nine errors.