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Softball drops pair of games at Florida Gulf Coast Tournament
Bearcats defeated by Tennessee-Martin 7-4, nipped by St. Louis 4-3
February 18, 2012Tweet
FORT MYERS, Fla.—After starting off the season with a pair of shutout victories on Friday, the Binghamton softball team (2-2) ran into some stiff competition in its second day at the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament on Saturday. The Bearcats lost to Tennessee-Martin (5-3) 7-4 in their first game of the day and fell 4-3 to Saint Louis (6-3) in their last game.
Unlike the previous day, when the Bearcats allowed no runs and made no errors, they surrendered 11 runs and made three miscues on Saturday. Furthermore, Binghamton stranded 15 runners during the two games.
“We were not as sharp today,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “We gave up some unearned runs and needed to be sharper with runners in scoring position.”
In the opener, Tennessee-Martin jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Amanda Bradenburg led off the inning with a home run and Leah Taylor capped the inning with a two-run triple. Sophomore third baseman Chelsey Locatell pulled the Bearcats to within 4-1 with a RBI single in the bottom of the second inning but Jenny Bain put the Skyhawks up 5-1 with a RBI ground out in the top of the fifth inning.
RBI singles by senior outfielder Meghan Tucker and sophomore first baseman Mikala King pulled Binghamton to within 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning but the Skyhawks got a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning. Bain had her second RBI single of the game during that frame.
King produced another RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning but the Bearcats left two runners on base when the game ended.
Tucker and King each had two hits in the first game.
Against St. Louis in the nightcap, Binghamton once again fell behind early, this time on a two-run home run by Allyson Brand in the bottom of the second inning. Phillips trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the third inning with a RBI single and freshman shortstop Caitlyn Friis tied the game with another RBI single in the top of the fourth inning.
Things unraveled for Binghamton, however, in the bottom of the fourth inning as a pair of errors led to two St. Louis runs. In the top of the seventh inning, sophomore second baseman Jessica Bump double in a run, pulling the Bearcats to within 4-3. Binghamton, however, once again left a pair of runners on base when the game ended.
Hannah Huebbe got the win and is now 3-1 while senior pitcher Kristen Emerling was tagged with the loss. Her record is now 0-1.
Senior outfielder Briana Andrews finished the second game 2-for-2 and scored a run.
Binghamton concludes play at the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with a single game against the host team.