GREENVILLE, N.C. | Binghamton didn't have much time to prepare for an elimination game at the NCAA regionals. Still, the Bearcats had enough offense to overcome both George Mason and a rain-marred schedule.
Henry Dunn and Corey Taylor each hit home runs to help the Bearcats beat the Patriots 11-6 on Saturday afternoon, giving the program its first NCAA tournament victory.
The win came shortly after Binghamton (30-21) lost to host East Carolina 11-7 in a weather-delayed game that was scheduled for Friday night. That didn't stop Binghamton from finishing with 14 hits to set a school single-season record for wins.
"I wasn't sure how much the guys had left in the tank," Binghamton coach Tim Sinicki said. "But we got off to the quick start offensively and did a good job of answering George Mason whenever they scored."
Jim Calderone had three hits for the Bearcats, while Jeff Dennis (6-5) allowed nine hits but held George Mason (42-14) to two runs in five innings for the win.
Taylor's two-run shot gave Binghamton a first-inning lead, while Dunn added a three-run blast in the sixth that pushed the lead to 7-2. Dave Ciocchi added a two-run single in the eighth inning for insurance after George Mason had closed the gap.
Dan Schafferman had four hits and four RBIs for the Patriots, including a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning. Kevin Crum (8-4) took the loss, allowing nine hits and seven runs in six innings.
George Mason ended the year tied for the program's single-sea