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Baseball Falls, 4-1, In Series Finale With Binghamton

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Baseball Falls, 4-1, In Series Finale With Binghamton

Photo: Reliever Kevin Archbold threw four solid innings, allowing just one hit, while striking out five.


VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton starter Jay Lynch tossed a complete-game gem, allowing just one run and two hits to the University at Albany baseball team in the America East Conference series rubber match. The Bearcats claimed the series, 2-1, with a 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. UAlbany falls to 13-15-1 on the season and 8-7 in league play, while Binghamton improves to 16-12 and 7-7 in conference clashes.

UAlbany took a 1-0 lead in the first as Lynch walked leadoff batter Nolan Gaige and hit the second hitter, senior Greg Muller.  Sophomore Gordon Madej advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, and Josh Nethaway knocked home Gaige with his sac fly to left.

However, after the wild first frame, Lynch settled down to strikeout eight batters and did not allow a Dane past second base in the remaining eight innings.

In the bottom of the first, Binghamton tied the ballgame as Zach Blanden laid down a leadoff bunt single and moved to third following consecutive walks. With one out, Brian Ruby brought him in with a sac fly to left.

The Bearcats took the lead for good in the bottom of the second, forcing starter Cameron Sorgie into another jam. With one out, Sorgie walked a batter, gave up an infield single and a single through the right side. With the bases loaded, John Howell drew a walk, bringing in the go-ahead run.

Binghamton added two unearned runs in the third for a 4-1 lead. With two outs, a walk and single to centerfield put runners on the corners. A fielder’s choice that should have ended the side resulted in an error, allowing a run and the inning to continue. Blanden followed with an RBI single through the left side before reliever Brendan Ryan forced the final out.

From there UAlbany’s pitching staff settled in, limiting Binghamton to just two hits in the remaining frames. Ryan tossed one and a third innings, allowing one hit, while Kevin Archbold threw the final four, holding the Bearcats to one hit and struck out five.

Brian Bullard (1-for-3) and Muller (1-for-3) each had a hit in the contest for UAlbany.

The Great Danes return to action Tuesday, traveling to St. Johns for a 3:00 p.m. non-conference clash. The game will air on ESPN3.

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