VESTAL (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Senior DH Shaun McGraw and sophomore first baseman Reed Gamache drove in two runs apiece and Binghamton baseball (11-19, 5-8 America East) rapped five doubles en route to a 7-1 win over Maine in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Black Bears (14-20, 5-6 AE) took the opener 3-0.
The teams will play the rubber game of the three-game series at noon on Sunday.
In Game 2, BU snapped a 1-1 tie with three runs in the third inning and then added three insurance runs in the fifth frame. In the third, senior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz led off with a single and two batters later, junior left fielder Jake Thomas pulled a single through the right side. With runners on first and third, McGraw then smacked a 2-0 pitch off the wall in left field, scoring Bereszniewicz with the go-ahead run. Gamache followed with a two-run double off the base of the wall in left, making it 4-1.
Two innings later, Thomas walked to open the inning and stole second. McGraw then laced an RBI double inside the third base bag for a 5-1 lead. After Gamache drew a walk, senior shortstop John Howell moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore third baseman David Schanz plated McGraw with a sacrifice fly to right and freshman catcher Eddie Posavec followed by ripping a two-out, 1-2 pitch down the left field line for an RBI double that completed the scoring.
Junior starter Mike Urbanski (W, 3-1) limited Maine to three hits and one run over 4.0 innings. Junior reliever Greg Ostner pitched the final three scoreless innings to record his second save of the season. Urbanski was in trouble in the first inning after giving up a single and walk to start the game. But he induced back-to-back infield pop-ups and a groundout to first to strand two. Urbanski then scattered two hits over his final three frames. Ostner struck out two and only allowed two hits in his outing.
Thomas had an RBI single in the bottom of the first to give BU an early 1-0 lead. It was his team-high 19th run driven in this spring. Maine tied it in the third on a two-out solo home run.
McGraw went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Gamache had two RBI. Thomas went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored and Bereszniewicz went 2-for-3.
In a pitcher’s duel in the opener, the Black Bears snapped a scoreless tie in the eighth inning and went on to the 3-0 win. Maine hit a leadoff home run in the eighth and added a run-scoring single. The visitors used a two-out RBI single in the ninth to close out the scoring.
Maine outhit BU 11-6 and received a complete-game outing from reigning America East Pitcher of the Year Tommy Lawrence.
The Bearcats had good scoring chances in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings but came up empty.
In the fifth, BU put runners on first and third with one out but a strikeout and then soft liner to third stranded two baserunners. In the sixth, the Bearcats came within a whisker of taking the lead. Bereszniewicz led off with a bunt single and stole second. One out later, Thomas hit a single through the right side but Bereszniewicz was thrown out by the right fielder in a close play at the plate. After Maine scored twice to take a 2-0 lead, Posavec led off the bottom of the eighth with a double. When senior second baseman Daniel Nevares drew a two-out walk, BU had the tying run on first but a groundout ended the threat.
Junior starter Jack Rogalla (L, 3-5) went 7.2 innings and allowed two runs on nine hits. Freshman reliever Jextin Pugh went the last 1.1 innings.
Posavec (2-for-3) was the lone Bearcat with more than one hit.
(Courtesy: Binghamton University)