ITHACA, N.Y. — Three Binghamton University pitchers combined to limit the University of Maine to eight hits and one run Sunday afternoon as the Bearcats earned a sweep of their America East baseball doubleheader at chilly Hoy Stadium.
In the opener, Mike Augliera pitched a four-hit shutout to set the tone for the Bearcats’ 6-0 victory, then Jake Lambert worked eight strong innings as Binghamton pulled out a 2-1 win in the finale.
Saturday’s games were canceled because of rain and will not be made up because of a rainy Monday forecast in upstate New York.
The series was played at Cornell University because Binghamton’s baseball complex is undergoing renovations.
UMaine (21-16, 7-2 America East) drops into second place behind Stony Brook (29-10, 9-2 AE) in the conference standings, while Binghamton (15-16, 6-2 AE) is close behind in third place.
“It was one bad day with the bats,” said UMaine head coach Steve Trimper. “We didn’t hit many balls hard (Sunday). They just kept us off-balance.”
In Game 1, senior righthander Augliera (4-4) struck out four, hit a batter and did not walk anyone. UMaine managed singles by Tyler Patzalek, Alex Calbick, Justin Leisenheimer and Sam Balzano of Portland.
“I give a lot of credit to their pitching staff,” Trimper said. “Augliera shut us down. I thought we were going to hit the second guy, but we left some guys on base early.”
Junior righty Steve Perkakslis (4-3) took the loss for the Bears. He lasted only three innings, surrendering seven hits and five earned runs.
Binghamton scored all the runs Augliera would need in the second inning. With two out, Brian Ruby singled to right field, Perakslis walked Daniel Nevares and Mike Danaher stroked a two-run double to left.
The Bearcats tallied three runs in the third on RBI singles by Jake Thomas and Jordon Smucker and Ruby’s sacrifice fly. Binghamton added a run in the fourth off reliever Fran Whitten on John Howell’s two-out double.
In Game 2, Dave Ciocchi’s one-out single off reliever Mike Connolly in the eighth inning pushed across the winning run.
Starter Shaun Coughlin (3-3) got the first out, but Bill Bereszniewicz ignited the rally with a single up the middle. Howell followed with a single to center field and Connolly was brought in.
Connolly induced a foul-out by Thomas, but Ciocchi came through with the game-winning single.
“They ended up getting a key hit and we didn’t,” Trimper said.
Coughlin spread out nine hits and struck out two without issuing a walk in 7⅓ innings.
“He did a good job getting out of a couple jams,” Trimper said. “The last inning he ran out of gas.”
Patzalek singled twice and walked to lead the Bears, whose only other hits were singles by Calbick and Balzano.
UMaine had difficulty getting any threats started early in innings.
“We didn’t get enough guys on to drive guys in,” Trimper said. “We did a poor job or they did a good job. We didn’t get the leadoff hitter on in any of the innings except for the last one.”
The Bears’ top three batters went a combined 0-for-19 on Sunday.
UMaine took a 1-0 lead in the second when Justin Leisenheimer was hit by a pitch, advanced on Balzano’s single and later scored on a balk by Lambert.
Binghamton tied it up in the third when Zach Blanden singled, advanced on Howell’s two-out double and rode home on Thomas’ infield single.
The Bears never seriously threatened after that.
UMaine returns to action Wednesday with a nonleague game at the University of Massachusetts.