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Softball sweeps doubleheader at UMBC
Bearcats win first game 3-2 in nine innings, take nightcap 14-1
April 6, 2013Tweet
BALTIMORE, MD. – Senior outfielder Jessica Phillips went 3-for-5, drove in three runs and reached base eight times, leading Binghamton (14-11, 4-1 AE) to a sweep over UMBC (8-27, 1-7 AE) in an America East softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at the UMBC softball field. The Bearcats rallied to win the opener 3-2 in nine innings before taking the nightcap 14-1.
Harbaugh also finished the day with four stolen bases, given her 16 steals for the season. That ties the program’s Division I era single-season mark, which was set by Sandy Meadows during the 2008 campaign. The all-time program record of 23 stolen bases was set by Michelle Thorton in 1995, back when Binghamton was a NCAA Division III program.
As a team, the Bearcats hit .313 during the doubleheader and held the Retrievers to a .194 batting average. In addition, Binghamton drew 19 walks and had five batters get hit by a pitch.
“We started off slow today but played much better as the day went on,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “Overall, I thought it was a really good team effort.”
Phillips’ biggest hit came in the top of the seventh inning of the first game with the Bearcats trailing 2-0 and down to their last out. She stroked a two-run single to tie the game at 2-2.
The Bearcats then took the lead for good in the top of the ninth innings when Harbaugh scored on a RBI groundout by Chaffee.
Senior pitcher Kate Price improved to 4-4 with the victory while Heather Brown fell to 5-11 with the loss.
The Bearcats left 13 runners on base in the first game.
In the nightcap, the Bearcats drew a season-high 12 walks and needed only 11 hits to record the victory. Three of them came in the first inning as Binghamton built a quick 3-0 lead.
UMBC got a run back in the bottom of the first inning but junior outfielder Colleen Dougherty singled home a run in the top of the third inning, padding the lead to 4-1.
In the top of the fourth inning, junior second baseman Jessica Bump scored on a sacrifice fly and Harbaugh scored on a wild pitch, increasing the lead to 6-1. King then made it 7-1 with a RBI single in the top of the sixth inning.
It was the top of the seventh inning, however, that proved fatal to the Retrievers. Binghamton plated seven more runs, three of which came on bases-loaded walks and two more on a UMBC fielding error. Sophomore shortstop Caytlin Friis drove in the other two runs on double.
Senior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller won her sixth straight start, improving her record to 6-2. The lone run she allowed in six innings was unearned. Miranda Clark’s record dropped to 1-4 with the loss.
Bump finished the second game 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and drew three walks.
The two teams conclude the weekend series with a noon game on Sunday.