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Softball Sweeps Pair of Games at adidas/Longwood Classic
Bearcats beat UNC-Central 3-2, host Lancers 2-0 to end weekend with 3-1 record
March 11, 2012Tweet
FARMVILLE, Va.—Junior pitcher Kate Price tossed four scoreless inning to record a pair of saves as Binghamton swept a pair of games on the final day of the adidas/Longwood Softball Classic on Sunday morning at Lancer Field. The Bearcats (6-8) defeated UNC-Central (1-19) 3-2 in the first game and shut out the host Lancers (14-8) 2-0 in the finale to finish the weekend with a 3-1 record.
Price was called upon in the sixth inning of the first game to protect a one-run lead against the Eagles. She proceeded to retire six straight batters to nail down her first save of the year.
The victory over UNC-Central atoned for a season-high six Binghatmon errors. The Bearcats made three miscues alone in the bottom of the first inning and fell behind 2-0.
Junior outfielder Jessica Phillips trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the second inning on a sacrifice fly that was also dropped by the right fielder. Two innings later, freshman shortstop Caitlin Friis led off with a double scored the tying run on a throwing error one batter later. Sophomore first baseman Mikala King drove in the go-ahead run later in the same inning.
Sophomore pitcher Demi Laney threw five innings without allowing an earned run and struck out eight batters. Her record improves to 2-3 on the year.
Sophomore catcher Lisa Cutrona went 2-for-3 against the Eagles and scored a run while freshman second baseman Linda Verduzco finished the game 2-for-4.
Laney broke open a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning against Longwood with a sacrifice fly. One inning later, sophomore second baseman Jessica Bump hit a solo home run to make it 2-0.
Senior pitcher Kristen Emerling pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and striking out five batters. Price came on in the top of the six inning and retired six of the seven batters she faced. Emerling is now 1-2 on the season.
“Our pitchers did a nice job today,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “We played good defense behind them in the Longwood game and it made a big difference.”
Phillips finished the game against Longwood 2-for-3.
Binghamton heads to Radford next weekend for its fourth and final in-season tournament of the year. The Bearcats will face the host Highlanders and Lehigh two time each, starting with a noon game on Saturday against the Mountain Hawks.
NOTES: King continues to lead Binghamton with a .349 batting average and 11 RBI. She is tied for Phillips for the team lead with three home runs ... Price now has a program-record 10 saves for her career.