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Softball loses 13-10 slugfest to Fordham at JMU Invitational

Bearcats' final game of the weekend against host Dukes moved to Sunday at noon

March 16, 2013

Softball loses 13-10 slugfest to Fordham at JMU Invitational

Box Score

Friday Recap

by David O’Brian

HARRISONBURG, Va.—Elise Fortier clubbed a three-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh inning as Fordham (15-9) won a 13-10 slugfest against Binghamton (6-9) on Saturday at the James Madison Softball Invitational. There were nine home runs in the game but the victorious Rams belted six of them, including two by Fortier.

The 23 total runs represents the highest-scoring game Binghamton has been involved in since losing 14-11 to Siena on April 17, 2008. That game also marks the last time the Bearcats were involved in a contest in which both squads scored at least 10 runs.

Binghamton appeared to be in control of the game against the Rams as it took a 6-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. Senior outfielder Jessica Phillips hit a two-run homer in the top of the first inning and freshman first baseman Lisa Cadogan drilled a three-run shot four innings later.

Cadogan, who finished 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI, also doubled in a run during the first inning and scored on Phillips’ home run. In the process, she extended her hitting streak to a team-best seven games.

Fordham, however, hit three home runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 9-6 lead. Gabby Luety hit a three-run shot, trimming the deficit to 6-5. She was followed by Chelsea Palumbo and Claudia Law, each of whom hit a two-run blast.

Senior outfielder Shannon Kane brought the Bearcats to within 9-8 in the top of the sixth inning with a RBI single. The Rams committed a fielding error on the play, which allowed a second run to score. The Bearcats, however, left the bases loaded.

Fortier led off the top bottom of the sixth inning with a home run, padding the Rams’ lead to 10-8. Freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee, however, tied the game at 10-10 with a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning.

Fordham got their first two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh inning, setting the stage for Fortier’s decisive blast.

Michelle Daubman pitched the final three innings and improved her record to 7-3. The loss was tagged to junior pitcher Demi Laney, who is now 2-3.

The 10 runs represents Binghamton’s highest scoring output since it beat Hartford 13-5 on April 1, 2012. The Bearcats have now averaged 8.5 runs in their last four games.

“I thought we worked hard at the plate today,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “Our hitters had good at-bats and when we got behind, they got us back into the game.”

Phillips, Chaffee and Kane each finished with a pair of hits. Cadogan, meanwhile, tied her career high with three hits.

Binghamton was scheduled to face James Madison at 3 p.m. today. That contest, however, has been moved to Sunday at noon due to impending weather conditions.

NOTES: Fordham, which has now won nine straight games, defeated Detroit 18-8 earlier in the day. On Friday, the Rams beat James Madison 12-1 in five innings ... Cadogan has now homered in four of the past six games while Chaffee homered for the second time in three games.

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