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Softball sweeps Detroit 9-3 and 7-0 in Day One of JMU Invitational
Bump drills school-record two triples in opener, Laney throws five-hit shutout in nightcap
March 15, 2013Tweet
HARRISONBURG, Va.—Junior second baseman Jessica Bump hit a school-record two triples in the opener and junior pitcher Demi Laney fired a five-hit shutout in the nightcap, leading Binghamton (6-8) to a doubleheader sweep against Detroit (3-19) in day one of the James Madison Softball Invitational on Friday. The Bearcats won the first game 9-3 and the finale 7-0.
Bump, who finished the afternoon 4-for-7, belted a school-record two triples in the first game. There have been numerous games during Binghamton’s NCAA Division I, II and III eras where a player has hit a triple in a game. Bump, however, is the first player in program history ever to do it twice.
Laney, meanwhile, fired her third career shutout by striking out a season-high nine batters and issuing just one walk. It marked her first shutout since her 3-0 win over Stony Brook on April 28, 2012.
“It was good to get the two wins today,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “I don’t think we had a whole lot of energy in the first game but we picked things up in the second game.”
In the first game, senior outfielder Jessica Phillips broke open the scoring with a two-out, two-run double in the top of the first inning. Detroit, however, tied the game in the bottom of the frame on a two-run home run by Sara Cupp.
With the score still tied at 2-2 in the top of the second inning, Bump launched her first triple down the left field line which drove in a run. The ensuing throw back to the infield was errant and Bump scored on the play. Three batters later, freshman designated hitter Tiffany McIntosh doubled home a run, making the score 5-2.
The Titans got a run back in the bottom of the frame but over the next three innings, both offenses were held in check. During that stretch, junior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller retired nine of the 11 batters she faced, striking out four of them in the process, and did not allow a hit.
In the top of the sixth inning, Bump struck again, drilling a two-run triple to right center field. She later scored on a two-run double by freshman first baseman Lisa Cadogan, making the score 9-3.
Bump finished the first game 3-for-5. It marked the fourth time in her career that she had turned in a three-hit performance. Freshman outfielder Sydney Harbaugh finished with a career-high three runs and three stolen bases.
Marsteller, meanwhile, went the distance to even her record at 2-2 for the season. She scattered three runs on just two hits and struck out six batters. One of the runs was unearned.
The loss was tagged to Kat Hoffman, who is now 1-7.
In the second game, Bump opened the scoring when she scored on a first-inning sacrifice fly by McIntosh. One inning later, freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee made it 2-0 when she led off with a home run.
Phillips, who went 2-for-4 in the second game, stole home in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it 6-0. Senior outfielder Shannon Kane, who went 2-for-3 in the nightcap, scored the final run of the game on a sixth-inning RBI single by McIntosh.
Like Marsteller, Laney also improved her record to 2-2 with the win. Karyn McCarty took the loss, dropping her record to 2-6.
Binghamton will face Fordham at 11 a.m. and the host Dukes at 3 p.m. on Saturday as play continues at the James Madison Invitational.
NOTES: Cadogan now has a team-best, six-game hitting streak … the Bearcats are now 4-2 in their past six games and have averaged 6.5 runs during that stretch.