VESTAL (WBNG) — On Saturday afternoon, the Binghamton baseball team fell to top-seeded Stony Brook in the America East Championship game. The final score was 7-5. Binghamton’s runnerup finish was its third in program history.
The game was a back-and-forth battle. After Stony Brook took a 2-0 lead, the Bearcats scored four runs in the fourth. Connor Aoki gave his team the 3-2 lead with an RBI double. Shane Marshall came up shortly after and hit his fourth home run of the tournament, tying a conference record.
Ultimately, the game came down to Binghamton’s pitching. Playing in their fifth game of the tournament, Binghamton had minimal options, with freshman Ryan Bryggman making his first career start. Nick Gallagher entered the game in relief, but was gassed after pitching 8.1 innings on Thursday. Stony Brook tied the game in the fifth, and plated the go-ahead runs in the sixth inning off Gallagher.
Stony Brook – 7 (31-21), Binghamton – 5 (26-24)
“It’s not always gonna work out,” said coach Tim Sinicki. “The tough part about sports is there’s always a winner and always a loser. We just came up a little short today, but the effort was there. It wasn’t because we weren’t prepared, it wasn’t because we didn’t come ready to play. It just happened because Stony Brook was a little better than us in this tournament”
Earlier this season, Binghamton was picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll, but instead made their return to the championship game for the first time since winning it in 2016.