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Softball defeats UMBC 8-2, completes three-game sweep

Andrews goes 3-for-3 with 3 RBI as Bearcats improve to 8-0 at home

April 7, 2012

Softball defeats UMBC 8-2, completes three-game sweep

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.—Senior outfielder Briana Andrews went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs, leading Binghamton (15-17, 6-3 AE) to an 8-2 win over UMBC (17-19, 1-5 AE) in an America East Conference softball game on Saturday afternoon at the East Gym Field. With the victory, the Bearcats sweep the three-game series against the Retrievers and improve to 8-0 on their home field this year.

Andrews hit safely in all three games this weekend and finished the series 6-for-8 with five RBI. Her three hits on Saturday represents her career high while her three RBI ties her career-best which set set against Vermont back on April 12, 2008.

Also on Saturday, junior outfielder Jessica Phillips went 2-for-3 with her second home run in as many games. Freshman shortstop Caitlin Friis also went 2-for-3 with a RBI and sophomore second baseman Jessica Bump scored a pair of runs.

Despite all the offensive fireworks, it was pitching and defense that were key for the Bearcats. After allowing a pair of solo home runs in the top of the first inning, the tandem of sophomore pitcher Demi Laney and junior pitcher Kate Price held UMBC scoreless the final 6.2 innings. In the field, Binghamton finished without an error for the third game in a row.

“I thought our defense and pitcher were great the whole weekend,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “We made them earn their runs and we continued to get some big at-bats.”

Jessica Warner led off the game with her 10th home run of the her. Two batters later, it was Taylor Hall’s shot that just cleared the right field foul pole, giving UMBC a 2-0 advantage. The Bearcats got a run back in the bottom of the first inning when senior outfielder Meghan Tucker scored on a throwing error.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Andrews put Binghamton up 3-2 with a two-out, three-run home over the left-center field fence. It was her second home run of the season.

It was a pair of Retriever errors in the bottom of the sixth inning that enabled the Bearcats to reel off five more runs. Andrews singled home a run and when the left fielder misplayed her hit, a second run came around to make the score 5-2. Andrews was singled home by Friis and Phillips ended the scoring with her eighth home run of the year.

Laney went the first four innings, allowing just three hits following the two home runs. Her record improved to 6-5. Price, meanwhile, retired all nine batters she faced to nail down her fourth save of the year. Katie Furguson took the loss and is now 8-8.

Binghamton heads to Syracuse for a doubleheader on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

NOTES: Phillips and Frris each finished the weekend batting .500. Phillips was 3-for-6 with two home runs and five walks. Friis, meanwhile, was 4-for-8, homered and drove in four runs.

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