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Softball gains split against UConn at FIU/Felsberg Tournament
Bearcats lose opener 6-5 but take finale 5-1
February 17, 2013Tweet
MIAMI, Fla. – Junior pitcher Demi Laney fired a complete-game victory as Binghamton (1-3) gained a split against Connecticut (2-2) in the final day of the Florida International/Felsburg Memorial Softball Tournament on Sunday. The game had been suspended in the top of the fourth inning on Friday due to rain.
Laney, who is now 1-1 with a 1.67 ERA, allowed only an unearned run, six hits, struck out six batters and issued just one walk.
“I thought our pitchers did a great job keeping us in every game,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “I would like to see more consistency out of our hitters. We were not as aggressive as I would have liked and tightened up with runners on base.”
The Bearcats mustered only a pair of hits by sophomore infielder Caytlin Friis but took advantage of three Huskie miscues in the bottom of the fourth inning to plate all five of their runs. Freshman outfielder Sydney Harbaugh scored the first run on an error and drew a bases-loaded walk in her second at-bat of the inning. Friis had the only other RBI of the game when she singled home senior outfielder Shannon Kane.
Alyson Ambler took the loss for Connecticut. Her record also stands at 1-1.
Down 6-3 in the top of the seventh inning of the first game, freshman first baseman Tiffany McIntosh doubled in a run. Junior pinch runner Colleen Dougherty came in for McIntosh and she was then doubled home by freshman catcher Lisa Cadogan. Binghamton, however, left a pair of runners on base when the final out was recorded.
Cadogan led off the top of the second inning with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by junior third baseman Mikala King. That made the score 1-0 Binghamton. Connecticut, however, reeled off five runs over the next two innings.
McIntosh trimmed the deficit to 5-2 in the top of the fourth inning. Cadogan followed with a walk and later scored on a wild pitch.
As was the case against Florida International the previous day, it was fielding miscues that proved costly for Binghamton in the first game against Connecticut. The Bearcats made two of their three errors in the bottom of the sixth inning, which led to an insurance run for the Huskies.
Kiki Savariano (1-1) was the winning pitcher while senior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller fell to 0-2 with the loss.
Harbaugh finished the weekend with a team-best .365 batting average.
Binghamton heads to the Arizona State Tournament March 2-4.