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Softball gains split in opening day of Radford Tournament
Bearcats hold off Lehigh 5-4, come up short against host team 6-5
March 17, 2012Tweet
RADFORD, Va.—Junior outfielder Jessica Phillips went 4-for-6 with a home run and sophomore first baseman Mikala King drove in three runs, highlighting the Binghamton softball team’s split at the opening day of the Radford Tournament. The Bearcats (7-9) held off Lehigh (8-10) 5-4 in the first game but came up short against the host Highlanders (10-8) 6-5 in the finale.
Against Lehigh in the opener, the Bearcats broke open a 1-1 tie with a pair of runs in both the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings. Freshman shortstop Caitlyn Friis was credited with a RBI on a fielder’s choice in the fifth inning and singled in a run one frame later. King, meanwhile, recorded her RBI single in the fifth inning.
Julie Fernandez drilled a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, pulling the Mountain Hawks to within 5-4. The Bearcats, however, turned a game-ending double play two batters later.
Phillips went 2-for-2 and was hit by a pitch twice during the game against Lehigh.
Sophomore pitcher Demi Laney got the win and is now 3-3 on the season. The loss was tagged to Rebecca Bliss, who drops to 1-5.
Phillips put Binghamton up 1-0 on a solo home run in the top of the first inning of the nightcap against the Highlanders. Nichole Beall, however, slugged a two-run home run in the bottom of the frame.
Senior outfielder Meghan Tucker deadlocked the game at 2-2 on a solo homer in the top of the third inning. In the bottom of the fourth inning, however, the wheels came off for Binghamton. Three errors led to three Lehigh runs, with two of them being unearned.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Mountain Hawks got an insurance run courtesy of another Bearcat throwing error. It was the fifth and final error Binghamton committed in the game.
Phillips and King staged a furious rally in the top of the seventh inning. After a two-out walk by Tucker, Phillips doubled her in. One batter later, King drilled an 0-1 pitch over the centerfield wall. The Highlanders, however, recorded the final out of the game one batter later.
Stephanie Dameron improved her record to 3-0 with the victory. Junior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller’s record fell to 2-4 with the defeat.
Tucker finished the day 2-for-6, scored three times and drove in a pair of runs.
Binghamton faces Lehigh at noon and Radford at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the final day of the tournament.
NOTES: King and Phillips each have a team-best four home runs this season. Phillips is now batting a team-best .366. King, meanwhile, is hitting .333 with a team-best 14 RBI. Tucker is also batting .333.