Lowell, MA (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton baseball (28-22) scored seven unearned runs and senior starter Jake Lambert (6-2) shut down Albany with a two-hit shutout as the Bearcats advanced in the winner’s bracket of the America East tournament with a 9-0 win over the Great Danes (23-24-1) Thursday night at LeLacheur Park. Binghamton will face top-seeded Maine in Thursday night’s 8 p.m. game. The Black Bears defeated Stony Brook 7-0 in the opening game of the day.
After the teams waited out a nearly-one hour rain delay, Albany faltered in the field and the Bearcats took advantage of seven errors to gain a postseason win over their SUNY rivals for a second straight year. While the Great Danes struggled on the slick field, BU played an error-free game.
In the longest outing of his two-year career at Binghamton, Lambert was exceptional in a drizzle-laden game. He only surrendered two infield hits and struck out six in the complete game. Lambert retired the side in order in the first, third, fifth and seventh innings and got a double play in the ninth before a fly ball to center finished off his gem.
The Bearcats opened the scoring with an unearned run in the second inning. Junior DH Shaun McGraw hit a one-out double just inside third base and raced around to third as the left fielder misplayed the ball. Junior first baseman Brian Ruby plated McGraw with a sacrifice fly.
One inning later, junior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz drew a one-out walk and after a double from sophomore right fielder Zach Blanden, Bereszniewicz scored when the Albany outfielder overran the ball.
Binghamton piled on three runs in both the fourth and fifth innings as the Great Danes compounded their trouble with five errors in the two frames. In the fourth, Blanden and freshman third baseman David Schanz were each hit by pitches with the bases loaded and those runs made it 5-0. In the fifth, McGraw notched another hit and Ruby followed with an RBI single. Sophomore catcher Nick Pancerella brought in the seventh run with a sacrifice fly and Ruby scored on an infield scoring error to make it 8-0.
The Bearcats put their ninth and final run on the board in the sixth. Sophomore left fielder Jake Thomas was pelted in the back to start the inning and junior second baseman Daniel Nevares ripped an RBI double down the left field line.
McGraw went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and Ruby drove in two and scored twice.
(Courtesy: BU Athletics)