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Softball swept by defending Atlantic-10 champion Fordham 8-3 and 7-3
Bump finishes 3-for-5 with pair of doubles, Verduzco homers and drives in two runs
April 3, 2012
BRONX, N.Y.—Brianna Turgeon scored three runs in the first game and Paige Ortiz had four RBI in the nightcap, leading Fordham (20-16) to a sweep over visiting Binghamton (12-16) in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Bahoshy Field. The Rams, who are the the defending Atlantic 10 Conference champions won the opener 8-3 and took the second game 7-3.
In both games, it was late-game miscues by the Bearcats that allowed Fordham to pull away for the wins. Six of the runs the Rams scored in the doubleheader were unearned.
Binghamton started off strong in the opener, scoring twice in the top of the first inning. Freshman third baseman Linda Verduzco was hit by a pitch with the bases load. One batter later, sophomore second baseman Jessica Bump singled home sophomore first baseman Mikala King.
Turgeon cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning on a double by Michelle Daubman. One batter later, Elise Fortier tied the game on a sacrifice fly.
Fordham blew the game open with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Nicole Callahan delivered the big blow with a two run home run. Turgeon finished off the scoring when she stole home as part of a double steal.
After recording the first two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bearcats allowed three more runs, two of which were unearned. Turgeon had an infield single during that frame and scored the first Ram run.
Verduzco led off the top of the sixth inning with a home run but were held hitless for the remainder of the game.
Michele Daubman went the full seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out five batters to raise her record to 2-4. The loss was tagged to Kristen Emerling, who fell to 3-4 on the season.
Ortiz broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning. The Bearcats, however, pulled to within 4-3 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning. Junior outfielder Jessica Phillips scored the first run on a ground out and Bump doubled in the second run.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Fordham took advantage of two Binghamton errors in plating three unearned runs. Ortiz drove in one of the runs on a ground out.
Taylor Pirone got the win, improving her record to 4-5. Jen Mineau tossed the final 1-1 innings to nail down the save. Sophomore pitcher Demi Laney took the loss, dropping her record to 4-5.
Bump finished the doubleheader 3-for-5 with two doubles and a pair of RBI. In the past three games, she has driven in seven runs. Verduczo, meanwhile, also drove in a pair of runs and has now homered in two of the last four games.
Binghamton heads to Hofstra on Wednesday for a single game at 4 p.m.