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Softball seizes two wins at UMass Lowell
BU prevails 12-11 in finish to suspended game, rolls 6-1 in finale
April 16, 2014Tweet
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LOWELL, Mass. - Binghamton softball (14-17, 5-3 America East) won a 12-11 slugfest in the opener and then rode the strong pitching of freshman Annika Wiesinger to a 6-1 win over host UMass Lowell (8-25, 1-7 AE) Wednesday afternoon at River View Field. The pair of wins keep the Bearcats in third place in the America East standings.
The first game was the completion of Monday’s suspended game, which BU led 9-3 when darkness fell in the fifth inning. The Bearcats plated three more runs when the game resumed and took a 12-3 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning before Lowell made things interesting. The host River Hawks scored five runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and two more in the bottom of the seventh to trim their deficit to just one. With the tying run on second base and two out, senior Demi Laney induced an infield pop-up to secure the win for starter Wiesinger, whose innings were offered on Monday before the game was halted.
Sophomore catcher Taylor Chaffee delivered a two-run single to highlight the four-run fifth inning that pushed BU’s run total to 12. Lowell, however, scored five runs on five hits in the bottom of the frame and added another in the sixth before Laney notched a bases-loaded strikeout to fend off further trouble.
Sophomore first baseman Lisa Cadogan did the bulk of her damage on Monday and wound up 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI. Chaffee and freshman outfielder Bridget Hunt had a hit and three RBI apiece. Senior second baseman Jessica Bump went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and freshman center fielder Gabby Bracchi went 3-for-5 with a triple.
In the series finale, Wiesinger earned her second win of the day and fourth of the season with a complete-game four-hitter. She allowed one run and struck out six and BU gave her run support with two tallies in the third, two more in the fifth and single runs in both the sixth and seventh innings.
In the third, sophomore right fielder Sydney Harbaugh brought in the game’s first run with an RBI single and three batters later, Cadogan made it 2-0 with a bases loaded sacrifice fly to right. After Lowell trimmed its deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the inning, BU struck again with two runs in the fifth, courtesy of the long ball. With one out, Chaffee and Cadogan hit back-to-back solo home runs - Chaffee’s drive giving her a team-best seven homers this spring.
In the sixth, Harbaugh brought in a run with a sacrifice fly to right and in the Bearcats’ final at-bat, freshman third baseman Crysti Eichner stroked an RBI double to left center to score the sixth and final run.
Harbaugh went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, Cadogan drove in two runs and both Eichner and Chaffee had two hits and an RBI.
Binghamton outhit Lowell 11-4.
The Bearcats host Niagara in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday. The games against the Purple Eagles begins a stretch of seven straight at home, where Binghamton is undefeated this season (5-0).