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Softball loses 9-1 to Hofstra in five innings
Verduzco homers for third time in past five games
April 4, 2012Tweet
HEMSTEAD, N.Y. –Courtney Crews went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI, leading Hofstra (15-12) to a 9-1, five-inning win over Binghamton. The loss marked the third straight non-conference setback for the Bearcats.
Crews was one of three Pride players to drive in a pair of runs. Krista Thorn went 2-for-3, score twice and had a pair of RBI while Also finishing with two RBI was Tessa Ziemba.
Although Binghamton was held to only four hits, freshman third baseman Linda Verduzco continued her torrid hitting streak. She homered for the third time in five games and has driven in six runs during that span.
Crews and Thorn provided their offensive fireworks early, as Hofstra went up 5-0 in the bottom of the first inning. After doubling in the first two runs, Crews scored on a two-run home run by Thorn.
Thorn made it 6-0 in the bottom of the third inning when she scored on a throwing error. Ziemba then keyed a three-run fourth inning with a two-run home run. Also hitting a solo home run in that frame was Becca Bigler.
The Bearcats were held to one hit and no walks heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. Freshman Linda Verduzco belted a two-out solo home run to break the shutout. The Bearcats, however, stranded two runners and the end of the inning.
Olivia Galati pitched the first 4.1 innings, allowing just one hit to improve her record to 11-5. She did not issue a walk and struck out 10 batters.
Junior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller took the loss, dropping her record to 3-6.
Binghamton hosts a three-game America East Conference series starting Friday at 1 p.m. against UMBC. After playing a doubleheader on Friday, the two squads will wrap up their series with a single game on Saturday at noon.
NOTES: Verduzco now has three home runs and six RBI in the past five games. She has hit .363 during that span and has driven in six runs … by going 1-for-2 against Hofstra, junior outfielder Jessica Phillips has now reached base in eight consecutive games. Her batting average now stands at a team-best .352.