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Softball Falls On A Pair Of Nail Bitters To Boston Saturday Afternoon
Bearcats and Terriers finish up series Sunday at noon
March 23, 2012Tweet
Boston, Mass.— The Bearcats (7-13, 0-2 AE) dropped a pair of heart-breakers on the road in the final inning of both games Saturday afternoon to Boston University. In the nightcap, BU rallied to score a pair of runs in the top half of the seventh but were bested in the final inning by the host Terriers (18-8, 2-0 AE) who took advantage of a pair of Bearcat errors to seal the victory 5-4.
In game one, Binghamton struck first off an RBI single from junior outfielder Jessica Phillips scoring Meghan Tucker in from second. The Bearcats tacked on another run off a pass ball to secure a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third. Boston cut the lead in half in the fourth at 2-1, but it was Phillips once again who produced drilling a lead-off HR in the top of the sixth.
Sophomore pitcher Demi Laney cruised through the first six innings of play, allowing one run on four hits and collecting six strikeouts over that stretch. Heading into the seventh with a two-run cushion, Boston led off the inning with a HR to trim BU’s lead to just 3-2. After Laney struck out her seventh opponent, Boston hit yet another HR, tying the game up at three. After a throwing error allowed Boston to reach second, the Terriers advanced the runner to third off a single. With runners on first and third and the game tied, Boston’s Chelsey O’Connor finished up the come from behind victory with a game-winning single.
Phillips finished game one 2-for-3 with 2 RBI’s and now has the team leading 5 HR’s on the season. Tucker finished the game with a pair of hits and a run, while Laney dropped to 3-4 on the season despite a strong 6.2 inning performance that produced seven strikeouts.
The afternoon finale saw Boston jump out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Just two innings later, BU got on the scoreboard after sophomore infielder Jessica Bump singled and stole second to get in scoring position. From there, Phillips knocked in Bump off a single to slim the lead to 3-1. In the following inning, freshman Caitlyn Friis smashed a double into left field that scored Lisa Cutrona, making it 3-2 with two innings left.
Trailing 4-2 in the top of the seventh, Binghamton started a rally after Chelsey Locatell reached on a fielding error with no outs. Senior Chelsea Horne ripped a double to right center advancing Locatell to third. After another error brought a run home to the plate, Bump tied the game up at four with an RBI single of her own. In the bottom half, Boston reached on an error and advanced the runner on a bunt. With first and second no out, the home squad laid down a sacrifice bunt that moved the runners up. The Terriers forced a throwing error that brought home the game-winning run across home plate and a second straight walk-off.
Jessica Bump and Chelsea Horne each tallied a pair of hits for the Bearcats in the second game, while senior Kristen Emerling got the starting nod as she went 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, striking out six. Jessica Phillips went a combined 3-for-7 during both games with a HR and three RBI’s and raises her team-best batting average to .346.
Binghamton returns to action Sunday afternoon when they wrap up the three-game set vs. Boston at noon.