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Softball swept in pair of games at UNLV Tournament
Bearcats lose 8-4 to DePaul, 13-3 to New Mexico State
February 27, 2014Tweet
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LAS VEGAS, Nev.—The Binghamton softball team ran up against some stiff competition in the opening day of the UNLV/Eller Media Stadium Classic on Saturday. The Bearcats (2-5) lost 8-4 to DePaul (13-4) in the opener and 13-3 to New Mexico State (12-6) in a five-inning nightcap.
Down 8-0 in the opener against DePaul, the Bearcats struck back with four runs in the top of the fifth inning. Sophomore outfielder Sydney Harbaugh delivered the big blow with a three-run double. Sophomore catcher Taylor Chaffee drove in the other run with a RBI double.
Binghamton left two runners on base when the game ended two innings later.
Kirsten Verdun fanned 10 batters en route to the complete-game victory. Her record improved to 8-2. Senior pitcher Demi Laney was tagged with the loss, dropping her record to 2-2.
Chaffee went 2-for-3 against the Blue Demons.
New Mexico State also put the Bearcats in an early hole, scoring six times in the top of the second inning. Haley Nakamura’s two-run single was the key hit during that frame.
Binghamton answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning. Freshman Gabby Bracchi scored on a throwing error and freshman Bridget Hunt drew a bases-loaded walk.
In the top of the fourth inning, however, Staci Rodriguez blew the game open with a grand slam, boosting the Aggie lead to 10-2. One inning later, Rodriguez struck again, belting a two-run home run. It was part of a three-run inning that stretched the lead to 13-2.
Binghamton got a run back in the bottom of the frame on a RBI double by sophomore first baseman Lisa Cadogan. The Bearcats, however, left a pair of runners on base when the game ended.
Celisha Walker raised her record to 3-3 with the win. Freshman pitcher Annika Wiesinger fell to 0-3 with the loss.
Senior second baseman Jessica Bump went 3-for-3 and scored twice against the Aggies. It marked the seventh time in her career that she has recorded a three-hit game.
Binghamton faces Seton Hall on Sunday at noon EST in its final game at the UNLV/Eller Media Stadium Classic.
NOTES: The three RBI for Harbaugh against DePaul represents her career high … against DePaul, Hunt extended her hitting streak to five games. That streak ended against New Mexico State … Bracchi finished the day 2-for-5 with a hit in each game. Freshman third baseman Crysti Eichner also hit safely in both games.