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Softball splits AE doubleheader at Maine
Bearcats win opener 5-3, fall 3-1 in nightcap.
April 25, 2014Tweet
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ORONO, Maine – Sophomore outfielder Sydney Harbaugh homered, scored three times and drove in a pair of runs, highlighting Binghamton’s split at Maine in an America East softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats (20-20, 9-4 AE) beat Maine (16-17, 7-8) in the opener 5-3 but fell 3-1 in the nightcap.
Harbaugh finished the day 2-for-5 (.400) and reached base four times. She extended her hitting streak to a career-high 13 games in the opener but was held hitless in her lone at-bat of the finale.
With the Bearcats trailing 3-2 in the top of the third inning of the opener, Harbaugh led off with a triple. One batter later, she was singled in by freshman outfielder Gabby Bracchi. In the process, Bracchi tied the school record by extending her hitting streak to 17 games. Deannie Plemon originally set the mark in 2010. Brachhi was held hitless in the nightcap.
The game stayed tied at 3-3 until Harbaugh belted a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning. From there, senior pitcher Demi Laney retired the side in the bottom of the frame, raising her record to 13-8. Alexis Bogdanovich took the loss and is now 4-8.
Laney finished the opener with a season-high 11 strikeouts and has now fanned a program-record 438 for her career. Against Maine, she broke the previous mark of 431 strikeouts, which was held by Margaret Yerdon (1998-02).
Harbaugh led off the nightcap with a walk and scored two batters later on a wild pitch. Jessica Burk, however, tied the game in the bottom of the frame on a RBI double.
One inning later, Maine went up 2-1 on a RBI single by Kristen Koslosky. The Blacks Bears also got an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Hannah Hill scattered one run on four hits and struck out four batters to raise her record to 7-4. Freshman pitcher Annika Wiesinger was tagged with the loss and is now 6-11.
Junior shortstop Caytlin Friis led the Bearcats with a .600 batting average (3-for-5 ) over the two games. Sophomore catcher Taylor Chaffee and sophomore first baseman Lisa Cadogan each went 2-for-6 (.333).
Binghamton and Maine finish their series with a single game on Sunday at 11 a.m.