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Softball drops 7-4 decision to North Carolina in final day of ASU Invit.
Tar Heels receiving votes in both Top 25 national polls
March 3, 2013Tweet
MESA, Ariz. – Erin Satterfield drilled a three-run home run, powering North Carolina (15-6) to a 7-4 win over Binghamton (2-7) in the final day of the Arizona State/Wilson DeMarini Invitational on Sunday. It marked the final game of the most competitive tournament the Bearcats have played in during their 12-year NCAA Division I era.
The Tar Heels came into the weekend receiving votes in both Top 25 national polls (NFCA and ESPN). Binghamton faced the third-ranked Sun Devils on Friday and No. 20 Baylor on Saturday. Prior to this weekend, the Bearcats had never faced a nationally-ranked Division I opponent.
Satterfield’s decisive blast came with the score tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Bearcats, however, did not go down quietly, leaving the tying run at the plate when the game ended one frame later.
Binghamton rallied to tie the game twice before Satterfield’s heroics. Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, the Bearcats tied the game on a double by freshman designated hitter Lisa Cadogan.
North Carolina then built up a 4-1 lead heading into the top of the sixth inning. The Bearcats, however, tied it up on a RBI double by freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee and a two-run double by junior third baseman Mikala King.
“We put together good at-bats today and made quick adjustments,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “I thought the team played together against a very good opponent and showed some really positive things moving forward.”
Lori Spinola improved to 9-4 with the victory while senior pitcher Kate Price dropped to 1-3 with the loss.
Cadogan finished with a career-high three hits and finished the tournament with a .353 batting average. King, meanwhile, drove in a team-best five runs during the weekend.
Binghamton heads to the Maryland/Miken Invitational next weekend.