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Softball loses 10-9 to Maryland in final game of Miken Invitational
King belts three-run home run, Cadogan homers for third straight game
March 10, 2013Tweet
COLLEGE PARK, MD. – Host Maryland (6-14) rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Binghamton (4-8) 10-9 on Sunday afternoon in the final day of the Miken Invitational. The loss denied the Bearcats of finishing the weekend unbeaten at the in-season tournament.
It was a game marked by three lead changes and three big offensive innings.
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning, the Terps hit two homers en route to scoring four runs. Mandy Gardner tied the game on a leadoff homer. Five batters later, Lindsey Schmeiser belted a three-run shot.
Binghamton, however, came right back and blew the game open with seven runs in the top of the fourth inning. Freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly. One batter later, junior third baseman Mikala King delivered a three-run home run.
Maryland loaded the bases in both the fifth and sixth innings but came away with just a single run. Freshman first baseman Lisa Cadogan then drilled a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning, pushing the Binghamton lead to 9-5. It was her third home run in as many games.
Down to their last three outs, the Terps strung together six hits and a walk to pull out the win. Schmeiser singled home the first run and scored three batters later on a two-run single by Shannon Bustillos.
Nikki Maier tied the game at 9-9 with a RBI single but was thrown out trying to stretch her hit into a double. One batter later, however, Gardner drove home the winning run.
Kaitlyn Schmeiser was the winning pitcher and is now 3-7 on the season. Senior pitcher Kate Price took the loss, dropping her record to 2-4.
The nine runs represents the most scored by Binghamton since its 13-5 win over Hartford on April 1, 2012. The Bearcats finished the weekend with a 2-1 record and scored 19 runs.
“I thought we did a better job offensively this weekend,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “We really worked to keep the pressure on the other teams for a complete seven innings. We made a few mental mistakes in the game against Maryland that ended up hurting us.”
Binghamton heads to the James Madison Tournament next weekend.
NOTES: Cadogan is the first Binghamton player to homer in three straight games since current senior outfielder Jessica Phillips homered in five straight contests from March 20-April 3, 2011. For the weekend, Cadogan batted .500 (5-for-10) with three home runs and five RBI.