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Softball beats Boston University 8-0 in six innings
Bearcats win weekend series by taking two out of three games
March 31, 2013Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y. –Freshman pinch hitter Griffin McIver drilled a three-run home run, finishing off an 8-0, six-inning win by Binghamton (11-10, 2-1 AE) over Boston University (9-16-1, 1-2 AE) in an America East softball game on Sunday at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With the victory, the Bearcats take two out of three games during the weekend against the defending conference champions.
McIver was one of several offensive standouts for the Bearcats on Sunday. Freshman outfielder Sydney Harbaugh and senior outfielder Jessica Phillips each finished 2-for-3 with a RBI while freshman designated hitter Tiffany McIntosh drove in a pair of runs.
On the mound, meanwhile, junior pitcher Demi Laney tossed a four-hit shutout to even her record at 4-4. She struck out six batters and issued only one walk. It marked Laney’s third shutout of the season and fifth of her career.
“It took us a few innings to get going offensively but we finished very well today,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “Demi pitched great today and it’s great to win the series.”
Heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, the Bearcats had yet to reach base against Boston starter Whitney Tuthill. That changed when Harbaugh delivered a one-out single and was promptly doubled home by McIntosh. Phillips made it 2-0 on a RBI single later in the inning.
One inning later, junior second baseman Jessica Bump and Harbaugh had back-to-back RBI singles, increasing the lead to 4-0. McIntosh followed with a RBI ground out.
The Terriers got their first two runners on in the top of the sixth inning but Binghamton was able to get out of the jam.
Phillips and freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee led off the bottom of the frame with singles. That set the stage for McIver’s game-ending blast over the right field fence. She finished the weekend with a pair of pinch hits, having doubled in the first game on Saturday.
Tuthill, who was lifted from the game after the fifth inning, took the loss. Her record is now 7-9.
Phillips finished the weekend 4-for-8 (.500) while Harbaugh finished the weekend 4-for-9 (.444). Bump and McIntosh each drove in three runs.
As a team, Binghamton hit .333 during the three-game series.
Binghamton hosts Syracuse in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday at 3 p.m.