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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, 2013

Softball gains split at Arizona State Invitational

FINAL STATS: Binghamton vs. North Dakota

FINAL STATS: Binghamton vs. No. 20 Baylor

Friday Recap

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).




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