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Softball drops pair of games at first day of Jeannine McHaney Memorial Tournament
Bearcats lose 6-2 to Texas-Arlington, 7-2 to host Texas Tech
March 2, 2012Tweet
LUBBOCK, Texas—The Binghamton softball team (2-5) lost a pair of game on the first day of the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Tournament, -2which is being hosted by Texas Tech. The Bearcats lost 6-2 in the opener to Texas-Arlington (9-4) and 7-2 to the host school (12-5) in the second game.
In the first game, the Mavericks scored all of their runs in the first two innings to take a quick 6-0 advantage. Erica LeFlore led the way with a two-run home run in the first inning and a RBI single in the second inning.
Binghamton, meanwhile, left seven runners on base through the first four innings. The Bearcats’ first run didn’t came until the top of the fifth inning, when senior outfielder Briana Andrews was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. One inning later, junior outfielder Jessica Phillips drilled a solo home run over the center field fence.
Carrie Collins (5-2) was the winning pitcher while sophomore Demi Laney (1-1) took the loss. Binghamton outhit Texas-Arlington 7-5 but was undone by four errors, which led to a pair of unearned runners.
In the second game, the host Red Raiders broke open a scoreless game with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Adriana Perez delivered the big blow of the frame with a two-run home run. One inning later, Mikey Kenney led off the inning with a home run to make it 4-0.
The Bearcats got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning when sophomore infielder Jessica Bump scored on a passed ball. One inning later, Phillips hit her second solo home run in as many games, trimming the deficit to 4-2.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, however, Emily Bledsoe belted a three-run home run, giving the Red Raiders a five-run cushion heading into the seventh inning. Binghamton left a pair of runners on base when the game ended.
Brittany Tally improved her record to 4-2 with the win while junior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller dropped to 1-3 with the loss.
Phillips finished the day 3-for-6 with a double to go along with her two home runs. Senior outfielder Meghan Tucker, who is now hitting a team-best .421, went 3-for-5.
Binghamton continues play at the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Tournament on Saturday with an 11:30 a.m. game against Texas-Arlington and a 4:30 contest against the Red Raiders.
NOTES: Phillips now has 31 career home runs and needs three more round trippers to tie Deannie Plemon (2008-11) for first place all time in program history. Her 76 RBI ranks third all time. Nicole Vitello (2003-06) is in second place with 78 RBI.