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Softball splits doubleheader at Hartford
Bearcats drop first game 5-3, win nightcap 6-1 to take weekend series 2-1
April 21, 2013Tweet
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Sophomore second baseman Jessica Bump went 3-for-5 with two home runs, three RBI and scored five times as Binghamton (21-13, 10-2 AE) split an America East softball doubleheader against Hartford (16-26, 5-7 AE) on Sunday afternoon at the UH Softball Stadium. The Bearcats dropped the opener 5-3 before taking the nightcap 6-1. For the weekend, Binghamton took two out of three games from the Hawks.
Freshman first baseman Lisa Cadogan finished the afternoon 4-for-7 (.571) with a pair of RBI while freshman outfielder Sydney Harbaugh was 3-for-7 (.429). As a team, the Bearcats hit .300 during the doubleheader while holding Hartford to a .149 batting average.
“I thought we played well today,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “We lost composure in the field a little bit and just couldn’t come up with a timely hit to bounce back from it. I thought Jessica Bump got our offense going and did a great job at the plate and in the field.”
Bump scored all three Bearcat runs in the first game. She led off the afternoon with her seventh home run of the season and made it 2-0 in the third inning when she scored on a single by Cadogan.
Held hitless through three innings, the Hawks plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and two more in the fifth inning. Jenice Aloyo scored Hartford’s first run in the fourth inning and smacked a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning.
After leaving the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning, the Bearcats got a run back when Bump homered again with one out in the top of the seventh inning. She would be the final Binghamton runner, however, to reach base.
Zuzana Kudernatschova raised her record to 10-11 with the complete-game victory while senior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller fell to 7-4 with the loss.
Cadogan finished a perfect 3-for-3 in the opener, marking the fourth time this season she has recorded a three-hit game. Bump, meanwhile, homered twice in a game for the second time in her career. She first accomplished the feat against Cornell on May 2, 2011.
Once again, Bump got things started in the second game. She led off the first inning with a walk, stole second base and scored on a double by Cadogan. Two innings later, Bump made it 2-0 on a RBI single by freshman designated hitter Tiffany McIntosh. With the bases loaded in the top of the fourth inning, Bump was hit by a pitch, forcing in the Bearcats’ third run of the game.
Binghamton picked up three insurance runs in the top of the fifth inning. Senior outfielder Jessica Phillips made it 4-0 with a RBI double. In the process, she broke the program record with her 171st career hit. She had been tied with Mollie Lehman (1997-00), who set the old record with 170 hits.
With Phillips still on second base, freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee made it 6-0 with her seventh home run of the season.
Junior pitcher Demi Laney departed the game after five scoreless innings. She would go on to earn the win and finished the weekend with a perfect 0.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 12 innings of work.
“I thought Demi and Taylor worked really well in game two to shut down their hitters,” Burrell said.
Hartford finally broke the shutout in the bottom of the sixth inning when Katie Wacyk scored on a ground out. Senior pitcher Kate Price, however, retired the final five batters of the game.
Laney is now 10-5 while Kaitlyn Meade dropped to 4-10 with the loss.
Harbaugh led the Bearcats with two hits in the second game.
Up next for Binghamton is a non-conference doubleheader at Colgate (15-23, 9-7 Patriot League) on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
NOTES: Bump finished the weekend with a team-best .429 batting average while Harbaugh and Cadogan each batted .400.