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Softball gains split at Arizona State Invitational
Bearcats beat North Dakota 8-5, lose 6-1 to No. 20 Baylor
March 2, 2013Tweet
TEMPE, Ariz.—Junior third baseman Mikala King finished with three RBI while junior second baseman Jessica Bump and freshman first baseman Tiffany McIntosh each drilled a two-run home run, as Binghamton (2-6) gained a split on the second day of the Arizona State/Wilson DeMarini Invitational. The Bearcats outlasted North Dakota (2-8) 8-5 in the opening game before succumbing to No. 20 Baylor (18-3) 6-1 in the nightcap.
King drove in all of her runs in the bottom of the fourth inning against North Dakota. With the based loaded and the Bearcats down 1-0, she delivered a three-run double that ignited the squad’s offense. McIntosh made it 5-1 one inning later with her homer, which was her team-best second of the season.
Bump’s homer in the bottom of the sixth inning was her first of the season and padded the lead to 7-3. Freshman outfielder Sydney Harbaugh followed with a walk and was then doubled home by senior outfielder Jessica Phillips.
Senior pitcher Kate Price got the win, raising her record to 1-2. The loss was tagged to Michelle Frank, who is now 2-5.
“It was good to see the bats come alive in the first game,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “Mikala came through with a big hit and we kept the momentum at the plate the rest of the game.”
Against the nationally-ranked Bison, however, Binghamton fell behind 6-0 after five innings. The Bears got their final four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lindsey Hays belted a two-run double and Heather Sterns delivered a two-run single during that frame.
Harbaugh broke the shutout with a RBI single on a bunt in the top of the sixth inning. She finished the game 2-for-3 and is now batting a team-best .381.
Stearns was the winning pitcher and is now 5-1. Junior pitcher Demi Laney took the loss and is now 1-2.
Junior outfielder Colleen Dougherty finished the day 3-for-5. She now has a pair of multiple-hit games this season.
Binghamton faces North Carolina at 11:30 a.m. EST on Sunday in the final day of the Arizona State/Wilson DeMarini Invitational. The Tar Heels are receiving votes in both major polls (NFCA and ESPN Top 25).