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Baseball team beats UMBC to secure third place in America East
May 21, 2012Tweet
Junior catcher Mike Danaher hit the go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning and freshman designated hitter Jake Thomas added a three-run home run in the eighth inning to carry Binghamton (22-24, 13-9 AE) past host UMBC (10-42, 2-22 AE) 7-4 on May 20, from the Baseball Factory Field in Baltimore. The win in Binghamton’s regular-season finale locked up third place for the Bearcats and will give them the No. 3 seed entering the America East tournament.
Tied 1-1 in the seventh inning, Binghamton struck for two runs. Freshman first baseman Brian Ruby led off with a walk and sophomore second baseman Daniel Nevares followed with a double, putting runners on second and third. After one out, Danaher belted a two-run single to right field, giving the Bearcats a 3-1 lead.
Binghamton then tacked on four more runs in the eighth inning—all with two out. Ruby hit an RBI single and after Nevares was intentionally walked, Thomas made the Retrievers pay for their decision by unloading a three-run bomb over the right field wall. It was his third homer of the season and first since returning to the lineup after a three-week recovery from a serious jaw injury suffered in the Hartford series. Thomas had three RBI in the May 19 twinbill sweep of UMBC and his May 20 long ball gives him six RBI in his last three games.
UMBC hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth and added two more runs in the ninth before junior closer Lee Sosa shut the door for his conference-best 10th save of the season. Sosa, who has an ERA of 1.06, recorded a strikeout and a line-out to end the game and give the Bearcats a season sweep of UMBC for the fourth straight year.
Junior starter Jay Lynch went five innings without allowing an earned run before giving way to freshman Mike Kaufman, who pitched two scoreless innings and earned his first collegiate win. Lynch allowed three hits and an unearned run in the fourth inning, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. Kaufman (1-2) struck out three and allowed two hits, lowering his season ERA to 2.20.
Nevares went 2-for-3 with a solo home run to lead off the second inning. He went 7-for-10 in the series with six RBI and raised his batting average to .341. Ruby went 2-for-3 with an RBI and pushed his team-best average to an even .400. Thomas drove in three runs to boost his season RBI count to 24. Danaher went 2-for-4 with two RBI and sophomore third baseman Joel Stubbs went 2-for-4.
The Bearcats will depart on May 22 for Long Island for the America East Championship, hosted by regular-season champion Stony Brook. Binghamton will face second-seeded Albany in a first-round game at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, with the host Seawolves meeting fourth-seeded Maine in the other day 1 matchup at 3 p.m. The double-elimination format continues on Thursday and Friday, May 24-25.