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Softball drops pair of games at FIU/Felsberg Memorial Tournament
Bearcats lose 2-1 to Morehead State, 4-3 to host team in eight innings
February 16, 2013Tweet
MIAMI, Fla. – The Binghamton softball team opened its season with a pair of tough loses at the at FIU/Felsberg Memorial Tournament on Saturday. The Bearcats dropped the opener 2-1 to Morehead State before losing 4-3 to host Florida International in eight innings.
The Bearcats were down 2-0 in the top of the seventh inning of the first game when junior second baseman Jessica Bump doubled in a run. She represented the tying run, but was left on second base when the game ended.
Katie Pfost (1-0) was the winning pitcher while junior Demi Laney was tagged with the loss. Laney struck out eight batters in 4.1 innings.
Once again, Binghamton fell behind 2-0 in the night cap. Alex Casals singled in the first Panther run in the bottom of the fourth inning and later scored on a wild pitch.
Freshman first baseman Tiffany McIntosh got the Bearcats on the board when she doubled home Bump in the top of the sixth inning. Bump and freshman outfielder Sydney Harbaugh then gave the Bearcats the lead one inning later when they drew back-to-back, bases-loaded walks.
It was the Bearcats fielding, however, that would prove their undoing in the nightcap. Of the five miscues they committed, a pair of them came in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Panthers tied the game. The most fateful error came one inning later on play in which the winning run scored.
Shelbie Wagnon improved to 2-0 with the win while senior Kate Price (0-1) was tagged with the loss despite not allowing an earned run in 3.1 innings.
“I thought our pitchers showed good composure on the mound,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “We need to start hitting earlier in the games. I thought we did a good job hitting in the late innings but we needed to get our bats going earlier.”
Harbaugh finished the day 3-for-6 with two hits in the game against Florida International. Bump went 2-for-6 with a pair of RBI.
Binghamton continues its game against Connecticut on Sunday at 10 a.m. The Huskies led 5-3 in the top of the fourth inning when rain halted play on Friday.