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Softball finishes off series sweep with 13-5 win over Hartford

Bump belts grand slam, drives in career-high five runs as Bearcats win fifth straight

April 1, 2012

Softball finishes off series sweep with 13-5 win over Hartford

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Sophomore second baseman Jessica Bump hit a grand slam and drove in five runs, leading Binghamton (12-14, 3-3 AE) to a 13-5, six-inning win over Hartford (4-22, 0-6 AE) in an America East softball game on Sunday morning at the East Gym Field. With the victory, the Bearcats sweep the three-game conference series and run their winning streak to five games.

The 13 runs represents a season high for Binghamton, which also hit three home runs. In addition to Bump, sophomore first baseman Mikala King, freshman shortstop Caitlin Friis and sophomore designated hitter Chelsey Locatell each finished with a pair of RBI. Friis, King and senior third baseman Chelsea Horne each had two hits.

Since taking over at third base seven games ago, Horne has hit .550 with four doubles, a home run and seven RBI. She has slugged .900 during that span and recorded an on-base percentage of .615.

“It was a very good team effort today,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “Everybody contributed to our runs and it was nice to see everybody hitting throughout the lineup.”

Clinging to a 6-5 lead entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Binghamton reeled off seven runs to finish off the game.  Junior outfielder Jessica Phillips doubled home the first run and later scored on a wild pitch.  The Bearcats then loaded the bases on a pair of walks, setting the stage for Bumps grand slam over the center field wall. One batter later, Locatell secured the walk-off win with a home run over the right field fence.

“We were able to string together lots of hits,” Horne said. “We all played with a lot of heart after being down early and its really paid off in the end.”

Earlier in the game, Hartford went up 4-1 in the top of the third inning on a three-run home run by Kate Wacyk. Binghamton came back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. King singled home a run and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Bump. Friis drilled a two-run home run in bottom of the fourth inning, putting the Bearcats up 5-4. Three batters later, King doubled in her second run of the game.

Amber Andrews trimmed the deficit to 5-4 with a one-out solo home run in the top of the fifth inning. The Hawks then loaded the bases with no out in the top of the sixth inning. Senior pitcher Kristen Emerling, was able to get out of the jam without surrendering a run. That set the stage for the Bearcats’ outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Sophomore pitcher Demi Laney improved her record to 4-4 with the win while Siera Sheehan dropped to 4-4 with the loss.

Bumps’ grand slam is the first hit by a Binghamton player since Laney hit one against Stony Brook on May 1, 2011.

Binghamton heads to Fordham on Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader. The Bearcats then play a single game at Hofstra on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

NOTES: Binghamton swept Saturday’s doubleheader against Hartford 5-4 (9 innings) and 8-7 ... Locatell finished the series against Hartford 5-for-7 (.714) with a pair of home runs. King, meanwhile, went 5-for-10 against Hartford with two doubles and a pair of RBI.

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