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Softball gains split on second day of Cherry Blossom Classic

Bearcats beat Colgate 4-2, lose to host George Mason 6-1

March 15, 2014

Softball gains split on second day of Cherry Blossom Classic

Caitlin Friis

Game 1 Box Score

PDF of Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

PDF of Game 2 Box Score

Day One Recap

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FAIRFAX, Va. – Senior pitcher Demi Laney won her seventh game of the season and sophomore catcher Taylor Chaffee smacked a two-run home run, leading Binghamton (7-9) to a split at the second day of the GMU/Cherry Blossom on Saturday. The Bearcats beat Colgate (4-10) 4-2 in the opener but were defeated by the host Patriots (7-11) 6-1 in the second game.

Laney scattered two runs on nine hits and struck out eight batters against the Raiders. She did not allow a walk.

Chaffee, meanwhile, highlighted a three-run bottom of the first inning for the Bearcats. Her two-run shot, which was her second home run of the season, gave Binghamton a 3-0 lead.

Alex Wilson’s two-run homer in the top of the second inning trimmed the deficit to 3-2. After that, however, Laney held Colgate scoreless the remaining 5.2 innings.

Chaffee scored Binghamton’s final run of the game on a double by junior shortstop Caytlin Friis in the bottom of the fourth inning.

With the win, Laney’s record improved to 7-3. Megan Carnase fell to 1-3 with the loss.

Against George Mason, a sacrifice fly by senior second baseman Jessica Bump gave the Bearcats a quick 1-0 in the top of the first inning. The Patriots, however, tied the game in the bottom of the second inning on a RBI single by Julia Czarnecki. One inning later, Lauren McGolgan’s singled home a run, giving George Mason a 2-1 lead.

George Mason blew the game open with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Czarnecki had another RBI single during that frame. In the bottom of the sixth inning, McGolgan singled in the final run of the game.

Anna Blessing improved to 1-3 with the win. The loss was tagged to Shelby Donhauser, who is now 0-1.

Freshman outfielder Gabby Bracchi finished the day 5-for-7 (.714) while freshman third baseman Crysti Eichner went 3-for-6 (.500).

Binghamton’s final game at the GMU/Cherry Blossom Classic is on Sunday against Akron at 12:15 p.m.

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