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Baseball team swept by Virginia Commonwealth University
February 27, 2012Tweet
Host VCU (4-4) spotted Binghamton baseball (0-3) an early 3-0 lead before scoring 12 runs in its last six innings to post a 12-3 win Feb. 26 from The Diamond in Richmond, Va. The win completed a three-game weekend sweep for the Rams.
The Bearcats jumped ahead with one run in the first inning and two more in the second. In the first, sophomore center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz led off with a single and after one out, went to third on a single through the right side by freshman DH Jake Thomas. Senior first baseman Dave Ciocchi followed with an RBI single to right field, scoring Bereszniewicz with the game’s first run. Binghamton had runners on first and second with one out but a strikeout and groundout ended the frame.
In the second, Binghamton strung together two hits with a walk and a VCU error and turned it all into a pair of runs. With one out, freshman right fielder Scott Hagan singled, freshman left fielder Zach Blanden reached on a fielding error and after a Bereszniewicz walk loaded the bases, sophomore shortstop John Howell plated Hagan with a sacrifice fly. Thomas then stroked an RBI single to right, scoring Blanden. Clean-up hitter Ciocchi stuck out looking with runners at the corners to curtail the scoring.
Already up 3-0, the Bearcats produced a pair of one-out singles in the third but two groundouts ended the threat.
VCU’s offense then began to heat up in the bottom of the third with four runs on four hits and two wild pitches. An inning-ending 4-6-3 double play limited the damage and kept Binghamton in a one-run game, 4-3.
But the Rams struck for three in the fifth—all with two out—and then added four runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to pull away.
Binghamton, which was outhit 13-10, struck out 10 times and left 12 men stranded.
Thomas went 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the offense. In the three games, Thomas hit 5-for-11 (.454) to begin his promising collegiate career. Bereszniewicz was 2-for-4 with a run scored.