Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
League-leading Stony Brook (35-10, 16-2 AE) snapped a 6-6 tie with five runs in the seventh inning and went on to defeat Binghamton baseball (20-21, 12-5 AE) 17-7 in a battle of the top two teams in the America East Friday afternoon at Varsity Field. Stony Brook produced 22 hits and scored runs in eight of the nine innings to stretch its lead over the Bearcats and Maine to 3 1/2 games in the standings.
Billed as a pitching matchup between the 2010 co-Pitchers of the Year in the conference (James Giulietti and Nick Tropeano), the game wound up being a battle of the bullpens and the potent Seawolves scored 11 runs in the final three frames to turn a tight contest into a blowout.
Binghamton battled back from an early 4-0 hole and tied the game at 6-6 in the fifth inning when senior right fielder Peter Bregartner blasted a two-run home run over the right field wall. But after a scoreless sixth inning - the only one of the game - Stony Brook reclaimed the lead for good with a solo home run off senior lefty James Giulietti (4-5), chasing him from the game. The Seawolves then opened the floodgates against BU's bullpen, scoring four more runs in the inning and adding four in the eighth and two in the ninth for the final 10-run cushion.
Each team hit a pair of home runs with senior catcher C.J. Lukaszewski joining Bregartner with a long ball. Lukaszewski drilled a 1-0 offering from Tropeano over the left field wall in the third inning for a two-run shot that put the Bearcats on the scoreboard, trailing 4-2.
After the Seawolves made it 5-2 in the top of the fourth, BU got two back in the bottom half when freshman center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz stroked a two-out, two-run single to right field, cutting the deficit to 5-4.
Stony Brook added another run on a solo homer in the fifth. Bregartner's third home run of the season tied the game and BU was poised to take the lead after loading the bases but a fly ball ended the threat. The Bearcats hit into an inning-ending double play in the seventh and wound up stranding 12 runners in the game.
Bregartner had an RBI groundout in the eighth inning and finished with three RBI to take over the team lead for the season (29). Bereszniewicz had two hits and two RBI. Lukaszewski had two RBI and senior left fielder Corey Taylor and sophomore third baseman Jordon Smucker each went 2-for-4.