Baseball Drops Weekend Opener at Binghamton, Looks to Sunday Doubleheader for Bounce Back
VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton scored five runs in the second inning and hung six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 16-3 win over the UMBC baseball team, Saturday afternoon in America East action at the Bearcat Sports Complex.
The teams will play two games tomorrow in a shifted series with game one set for a 12:00 p.m. first pitch. Senior Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) will throw the seven-inning game for UMBC, while sophomore Joe Vanderplas (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax/Tennessee) gets the ball in game two.
Binghamton (7-13, 2-4 AE) starter Jack Rogalla (3-3) limited UMBC (6-16, 3-4 AE) to just two runs on four hits over seven innings while striking out six batters to earn his third win of the season.
Sophomore Riley Stephenson (Frederick, Md./Boonsboro) was touched for 12 runs, nine of which were earned, on nine hits over 5.1 innings of work. Stephenson (1-3) struck out one, but walked four.
The Retrievers jumped out in front in the top of the first as sophomore Mark Esposito (Bethany, Conn./Amity Regional) laced a two-out double to left-center. Freshman Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley), who had previously walked, scored all the way from first on the play to put UMBC up 1-0.
Binghamton pulled level immediately, however, as Bill Bereszniewicz singled with one down, moved to second on a ground out and then advanced and scored on two wild pitches.
UMBC went down in order in the second and the hosts took advantage, plating five runs in the bottom half to jump out to a 6-1 lead. Bereszniewicz had an RBI single in the inning and Daniel Nevares had the big hit, driving in two with a two-out single down the left field line.
The Retrievers pegged back in the top of the third, cutting the lead to 6-2, as sophomore Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) drew a lead-off walk and eventually came in to score on an RBI ground out by Dolshun.
Binghamton again had an answer, though, plating two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to push the lead to 8-2. The Bearcats then broke the game open with the six-run sixth inning, and added two more in the bottom of the eighth to round out the home scoring.
The visitors got one back in the top of the ninth as sophomore Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll) was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded to force junior Luke Seppi (Annapolis, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) across. Seppi had previously singled with one out to pick up his first career collegiate hit.
- Binghamton leads the all-time series, 38-9, and holds a 38-6 lead in America East meetings.
- Dolshun singled in the top of the eighth and went 1-for-3 to extend his hit streak to 11 straight games. He has also reached base safely in 16 consecutive games.
- Seppi was previously hitless in three career at-bats.
- UMBC has lost 13 of the last 14 games against Binghamton in New York.