May 30, 2009
GREENVILLE, N.C. - No. 4 seed Binghamton used an 11-run, 14-hit effort to topple No. 3 seed George Mason in the first elimination game of the Greenville Regional Saturday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
Jim Calderone paced a quintet of Bearcat sluggers who recorded multiple hits, as he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Additionally, Binghamton starting pitcher Jeff Dennis picked up his sixth win of the season, hurling five innings and allowing no earned runs.
For the Patriots, designated hitter Dan Schaefferman fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle, going 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. George Mason junior Kevin Crum fell to 8-4 on the year, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits while walking and striking out two.
After the Patriots left two runners stranded in the top of the first, Corey Taylor put the Bearcats ahead with a two-run home run over the left field wall that scored Calderone.
George Mason put its first two runners on base in the top of the fourth, as Mark Hill reached on an error by the left fielder and Dan Schaefferman singled to left center. After a sacrifice bunt by Brent Weiss left men on second and third, Chris Henderson came up with a two-out single to left field that scored Hill and Schaefferman and knotted the score at 2-2.
Binghamton retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth, stringing together two-straight singles to begin the inning. After a sac bunt moved the runners over, Jeff Skelhorne-Gross produced a sac fly that scored Dave Ciocchi before Jeff Abrams singled to score Joe Charron. Calderone kept the at bat alive with a single before Henry Dunn struck out, leaving the score at 4-2 in favor of the Bearcats after four complete innings.
The Patriots had a prime opportunity to cut into their deficit, but with the bases loaded and one out, Dennis induced a lineout and stuck out Ryan Uphouse to get out of the jam.
After two quick outs in the Bearcat sixth, Abrams and Calderone produced back-to-back singles, sitting on first and second base. Then, Dunn hit a high fly ball to right that fell beyond the fence, giving him three RBI and extending the Binghamton advantage to 7-2 through six innings.
George Mason answered again in the top of the eighth, as Scott Krieger and Justin Bour put together back-to-back singles before with two outs, Schaefferman took a 3-1 pitch and pushed it over the centerfield wall for a three-run long ball. That home run served as his third of the season and cut the Bearcat advantage to 8-6 heading into the bottom of the inning.
Binghamton put the game away in its half of the eighth, receiving a two-out, bases-loaded single to right field that scored Kyle Klee and Dunn. Then, Bregartner and Ken Jacobi drew consecutive walks, the latter scoring Taylor to provide the final 11-6 margin.
The Bearcats will face the loser of tonight's winner's bracket contest between top-seeded East Carolina and No. 2 seed South Carolina in an elimination game scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday.