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Baseball team drops doubleheader at New Mexico State
March 29, 2011Tweet
Host New Mexico State (18-5) swept a doubleheader from visiting Binghamton (4-15) on March 26 from Presley Askew Field in Las Cruces, N.M. The Aggies won the opener 13-5 and took game two by a 7-3 score.
In the opener, the Aggies did their damage in the fifth (four runs) and sixth innings (five runs) and despite being outhit just 14-10, Binghamton couldn’t keep up offensively. Trailing 4-0 early, the Bearcats scored twice in the fourth to cut their deficit in half. Junior first baseman Dave Ciocchi led off with his team-high fourth home run of the season. Senior left fielder Corey Taylor followed with a double, moved to third on a groundout and came in to score on an RBI single by senior left fielder Jeff Skelhorne-Gross.
Down 8-2, Binghamton mustered two runs in the top of the sixth. Taylor had a one-out hit and Skelhorne-Gross drilled a two-run home run - his third of the season - over the left field fence. After New Mexico State tacked on five in the bottom of the frame, Binghamton got its final run in the seventh. Ciocchi hit an RBI grounder that scored freshman third baseman Mitchell Hollander, who had opened the inning with a single.
Skelhorne-Gross wound up 2-for-3 with the home run and three RBI. Taylor and freshman second baseman Daniel Nevares had two hits apiece and Ciocchi collected two RBI.
Sophomore pitcher Jay Lynch took the loss after giving up eight runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings.
In game two, the Aggies built a 4-1 lead and kept Binghamton at bay by scoring in each of their last three innings. The teams each had 10 hits but New Mexico State turned those hits plus seven walks into seven runs.