May 30, 2009

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Big hits for Binghamton, not enough for Mason

By Phil Stanton Co-Founder

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Binghamton registered its first NCAA Tournament victory by scoring all its runs with two outs in an 11-6 elimination win over George Mason at Clark-LeClair Stadium.  


The Bearcats (30-21) will play on Sunday at 2 p.m. against the loser of tonight’s East Carolina-South Carolina game. The Patriots finish their season at 42-14.


Corey Taylor had a two-run shot in the first for BU to tie the school’s single-season home run record with 16.


Every time Mason scored, Binghamton answered. The Patriots tied it in the fourth on a two-out, two-run single by Chris Henderson. Jeff Skelhorne-Grose had a sac fly and Jeff Abrams added an RBI single in the bottom of the frame as the Bearcats reclaimed the lead at 4-2. Henry Dunn had a three-run homer in the sixth, his second of the season, to push the lead to 7-2.


Dan Schafferman had an RBI double in the seventh, the first extra-base hit for the Patriots. Peter Bregartner added a sac fly in the bottom of the frame to make it 9-3.


Schafferman belted a three-run homer in the eighth, his third, to pull Mason within two at 8-6. David Ciocchi had a two-run single as the Bearcats plated three in the bottom of the eighth to complete the scoring.


Jim Calderone finished with three hits and two runs for Binghamton. Schafferman went 4 for 5 with two runs and four RBI for Mason.