Johnson City, Tenn. (March 24, 2002) - After seeing East Tennessee State get 20 hits on Saturday, Binghamton pitching limited ETSU to 13 hits in two games on Sunday, sweeping a double header from the Bucs by scores of 4-2 and 9-6.
Binghamton (6-11) got back-to-back doubles from Tim Collar and Jacob Thiel to lead off the second inning in game one to take an early 1-0 lead.
ETSU (7-14) responded in the bottom of the third with a pair of scores to take a 2-1 advantage on an RBI triple by Tim Turner (Marietta, Ga.) and an RBI single off the bat of Matt Traylor (Knoxville, Tenn.).
That would prove to be all that ETSU would get off Bearcat starter Greg Sousa, who went all the way in the seven inning contest, allowing just four hits and one earned run to pick up his third win of the season.
Binghamton tied the game in the fifth off ETSU starter Reid Casey (Kingsport, Tenn.) when Austin Walters led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a one-out double from Tony Berube. The Bearcats scored what proved to be the winning runs in the sixth when Berube, who was 4-for-4 in the game, singled to left with the bases loaded to plate two runs.
It was East Tennessee State who took an early lead in game two, scoring a run in the second inning. With one out John Gorton (Hinsdale, N.H.) was hit by the pitch and then stole second. After a walk to Kirk Keithley (Peoria, Ill.), Michael Giroud (St. Petersburg, Fla.) doubled to left center to score Gorton.
Binghamton came right back with two runs in the third, scoring one run when ETSU's starter, Turner, threw away a sacrifice attempt into right field. Berube's ground out to third plated another, and the Bearcats had a 2-1 lead.
A seven-run fourth blew the game open for Binghamton, as the Bearcats plated the seven scores on just two hits, taking advantage of a pair of ETSU errors. Another throwing error by Turner allowed the first run to score. Mike Bauer (Kingsport, Tenn.) came on with the bases loaded and hit the first batter he faced and then gave up a two-run single to Tom Cummings to make it 6-1. Another ETSU error gave Binghamton another run, before the Bearcats added two more on a Stephen Kohn sac fly and an RBI groundout by Jamie Boyer.
Giroud started an ETSU comeback attempt with a two-run home run in the fourth. The Bucs then added three more in the fifth. A pair of singles by Jeremy Terry (Cumberland, Ky.) and Davis Burklin (Knoxville, Tenn.) set the table for Chad Boruff (Knoxville, Tenn.), who brought both runners home with a double to center. Boruff later scored on a sac fly off the bat of Keithley to make it 9-6.
Mike Weglinski closed the door on the Buccaneer hopes, however, coming in from the bullpen to throw the last three innings of the game, allowing just two hits and striking out a pair to pick up the save. Thiel started on the mound for the Bearcats and picked up the win despite allowing six runs in four innings.
Trevor Smith (Newport, Tenn.) and Jackson Simerly (Bluff City, Tenn.) each threw two innings of scoreless relief for ETSU in the nightcap.
Berube had the big day for Binghamton at the plate, going a combined 5-for-8 with four RBIs. Burklin and Giroud each had a pair of hits in game two, with Giroud knocking home three runs, including smacking his first collegiate round-tripper.
ETSU will return to Southern Conference play in its next action, as the Bucs will travel to Charleston, S.C. for a three-game series with The Citadel. The first game in the series will be on Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m.