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Softball wins 5-2 at Stony Brook to sweep weekend series

Bearcats plate all of their runs in the fifth inning to record sixth straight victory

April 28, 2013

Softball wins 5-2 at Stony Brook to sweep weekend series

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Visiting Binghamton (26-13, 13-2 AE) scored all of its runs in the top of the fifth inning en route to a 5-2 win over Stony Brook (25-22, 7-8 AE) in an America East softball game on Sunday afternoon at University Field. With the win, the Bearcats sweep the three-game weekend series and set up a first-place showdown with Albany (30-11, 13-1 AE) next weekend at the Bearcats Sports Complex for the America East regular-season title.

The Bearcats have now won six straight games and have recorded their highest win total in America East Conference games in a season.  They have swept all five conference series this year and have gone 8-1 on the road during that span.

For the first four innings on Sunday, both teams were unable to capitalize on their scoring chances. The Bearcats left six runners on base during that stretch while the Seawolves left the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning.

Finally, the floodgates opened in the top of the fifth inning. Junior second baseman Jessica Bump scored the first run on a wild pitch. Two batters later, freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 2-0. Sophomore shortstop Caytlin Friis followed with a RBI single and freshman designated hitter Griffin McIver wrapped up the scoring with a two-run single.

Stony Brook got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the sixth inning. Shayla Giosa scored on a sacrifice fly and Alexandria Pisciotta singled home the second run.

Junior pitcher Demi Laney tossed four shutout innings to improve to 13-5 on the season. Senior pitcher Kate Price finished off the final three innings to record her third save of the year. Allison Cukrov was tagged with the loss, dropping her record to 9-13.

“I thought we stayed composed and in control even though some things didn’t go our way early in the game,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “Demi again got us out of some tough spots and pitched very well. Jess (Phillips) also made a great catch in the sixth inning.”

Friis finished the game 2-for-4. For the series, she hit a team-best .444 (4-for-9).

Freshman outfielder Sydney Harbaugh went 4-for-11 (.364) during the weekend while Chaffee was 3-for-9 (.333) and Bump was 3-for-10 (.300). On the mound, Binghamton held Stony Brook to a .241 batting average and recorded an ERA of just 0.64.

Before its series with the Great Danes next weekend, Binghamton heads to Cornell on Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference doubleheader.

NOTES: Laney now has 141 strikeouts this season, which is just two behind the program’s single-season record of 143, set by Michelle Weeks in 2003. Cyrilla Suker struck out 142 batters in 2007 … Binghamton won 11 America East games in 2002, back when conference series were four games as opposed to three games.

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