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Softball sweeps pair of games in opening day of Florida Gulf Coast Tournament

Bearcats blank Boston College 2-0 and Delaware 8-0

February 17, 2012

Softball sweeps pair of games in opening day of Florida Gulf Coast Tournament

Game 1 Box: Binghamton 2, Boston College 0

Game 2 Box: Binghamton 8, Delaware 0

FORT MYERS, Fla.—Junior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller and sophomore pitcher Demi Laney each tossed a complete-game shutout, leading Binghatmon (2-0) to a pair of victories in the opening day of the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament on Friday afternoon. The Bearcats nipped Boston College 2-0 in the opener before beating Delaware 8-0 in the second game.

Marsteller fired a two-hit shutout against the Eagles. In the process, she issued only a pair of walks and struck out five batters. Laney, meanwhile, allowed only four hits against the Blue Hens, did not surrender a walk and struck out eight batters.

“Overall, I was really happy with our composure in all areas, especially since it was our first time out on the field,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “Demi and Rhoda did a nice job on the mound.”

Against Boston College, senior outfielder Briana Andrews opened the scoring with a RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. Two innings later, junior outfielder Jessica Phillips stole home on a wild pitch to complete the scoring.

In the game against Delaware, sophomore first baseman Mikala King went 4-for-5, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs. Freshman shortstop Caitlyn Friis, meanwhile, finished the game a perfect 4-for-4 Laney went 3-for-5 and also drove in a pair of runs.

The biggest blow of the second game, however, came courtesy of a three-run home run by sophomore third baseman Cheley Locatell in the top of the fifth inning. Her blast over the right-center field fence completed a four run inning that broke open a scoreless tie.

In the top of the seventh inning, the Bearcats added four more runs to seal the game. King drilled a two-run double while Laney also had a RBI double.

On Saturday, Binghamton faces Tennessee-Martin at 9 a.m. and St. Louis at 11 a.m.



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