Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Top-seeded and host Binghamton (31-19) rode a sterling pitching performance from sophomore starter Mike Augliera to a 6-0 win over second-seeded Maine (34-21) in an America East Championship elimination game Thursday afternoon from Varsity Field. The win was BU's school-record 31st, giving the program its seventh consecutive season of increasing its win total - believed to be an NCAA Division I baseball record.
Augliera scattered eight hits over nine shutout innings and struck out a career-high 11 hitters to keep the Bearcats alive. Binghamton will now face the loser of the Albany-Stony Brook matchup in Friday's first game at 11 a.m. The Bearcats need three more wins to defend their conference title.
The win was marred by Corey Taylor getting hit in the face with a pitch.
Tests revealed a broken jaw and he will miss the rest of the season
Binghamton did all its offensive damage in the first three innings, scoring four runs in the first and single runs in the second and third innings. In the first, BU rapped four hits - the big blow being a two-run home run over the right field fence from sophomore first baseman Dave Ciocchi - his seventh homer of the season. Freshman third baseman Joel Stubbs hit an RBI double and junior right fielder Peter Bregartner had an RBI single to start the scoring.
In the second, senior left fielder Joe Charron produced a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-0 and junior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski added a sacrifice fly one inning later.
Stubbs, senior second baseman Jim Calderone and senior shortstop Jeff Abrams had two hits apiece. Charron had a ninth-inning infield single to extend his school-record hit streak to 20 games.