Gill’s Complete-Game Effort Not Enough as Binghamton Edges UMBC, 1-0

Junior Mac Gill
Junior Mac Gill

VESTAL, N.Y. – Junior Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) threw a complete-game five-hitter, but Binghamton scored the only run of the game on an infield hit in the bottom of the eighth and edged UMBC, 1-0, Saturday afternoon in the America East series opener at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Gill (2-3) matched his career-high with his eight-inning effort for UMBC (9-19, 4-12 AE), but took the loss as the Bearcats scored the game's only run despite managing just five hits.  The right-hander struck out three batters while walking none.

Binghamton starter Jake Lambert (4-1) matched Gill pitch-for-pitch and earned the win after lasting eight innings and surrendering just two hits, a third-inning single and a fourth-inning double. Anthony Grillini worked a perfect ninth inning to notch his third save of the year for Binghamton (18-13, 8-7 AE).

The pitchers ruled the day, dueling throughout and limiting the opposing lineups to a combined seven hits.  BU's Jake Thomas was the only hitter on either team to record multiple hits going 2-for-3 at the plate.

Both starters held the opposing offense hitless in the first two innings before senior Tom Gilchrist (Olney, Md./Sherwood/Chesapeake CC) opened the third with an infield single.  A strike out, line out, and pop out, however, ended the potential threat.

The next inning, freshman Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) reached on a throwing error, but was quickly erased on a double-play ball.  Junior Brandon Coluccio (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township/Brookdale CC) then drew a walk and sophomore Ian Glassman (Basking Ridge, N.J./Rutgers Prep) followed with a double down the left field line, but both were stranded as a ground out finished the inning.

Gill remained perfect into the fourth inning, and continued the effort with a ground out and fly out. But with two away, Thomas ended Gill's bid with a single to right.  The UMBC starter then induced a ground out to remain unscathed.

Neither team could get anything going over the next two innings, going down in order on both occasions.

In the seventh, both teams put a runner on second, but neither could push him across.  Sophomore Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) drew a two-out walk for the Retrievers and reached second on an errant pick-off attempt for the Retrievers.  Thomas picked up his second hit of the day for the Bearcats with a one-out double, but was stranded as well.

The breakthrough finally came in the bottom of the eighth after UMBC went down in order.  After Gill got Brian Ruby to ground back to him for the first out, Jordon Smucker lined a triple to right to spark the rally.  A grounder to short failed to get him in and put two away, but Bill Bereszniewicz cashed in on the opportunity with an infield single which plated Smucker with the game-winner.

UMBC and Binghamton will return to the field on Sunday for a double-header.  First pitch between the Retrievers and Bearcats is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

DAWG BITES

-          UMBC had previously taken two of three meetings earlier this year in a series which took place on Mar. 16-17 at Alumni Field.

-          Binghamton leads the all-time series 36-8.

-          This marks the fifth time this season that UMBC has been shutout.

-          The Retrievers' two hits match a season-low (vs. Maine, Apr. 13).