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Softball sweeps doubleheader from Colgate 2-1 and 7-2

Bearcats finish home slate with 14-3 record

May 3, 2012

Softball sweeps doubleheader from Colgate 2-1 and 7-2

Game 1 Box

Game 2 Box

VESTAL, N.Y.—Sophomore second baseman Jessica Bump went 4-for-6 and freshman third baseman Linda Verduzco drove in four runs, powering Binghamton (21-28) to a 2-1, 7-2 sweep over Colgate (19-26) in a non-conference doubleheader in the final games ever played at the East Gym Field. The Bearcats have now won five of their past six games.

After going 1-for-3 in the opening game against the Raiders, Bump finished a perfect 3-for-3 in the nightcap and scored twice. Verduczo, meanwhile, had all of her RBI in the second game.

“We played very well today,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “Linda did a nice job at the plate in the second game and made some good plays defensively. Jessica continues to be relaxed during her at bats and has been hitting the ball great lately.

In the opener, junior outfielder Jessica Phillips drove in the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first inning. The Raiders tied the game at 1-1 on a fielders choice in the top of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the frame, however, Phillips stroked a one-out double and scored one batter later on a RBI single by senior designated hitter Chelsea Horne.

Sophomore pitcher Demi Laney got the win after going six-plus innings. Her record is now 9-9. Junior pitcher Kate Price got the final three outs of the game to nail down her fifth save. Courtney O’Connell went the distance for the Raiders but took the loss, dropping her record to 10-12.

Horne and senior outfielder Meghan Tucker both went 2-for-3 in the first game

Phillips again opened the scoring in the nightcap, this time with a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. She now has a team-high 12 home runs this year. Verduzco made it 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-run doubleh.

Colgate battled back in the top of the fifth inning, getting to within 3-2 on a two-out triple by Alana Dyson. Binghamton, however, added four insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Verduzco made it 5-2 with a two-run single. She later scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman shortstop Caitlyn Friis. Sophomore catcher Lisa Cutrona also had a RBI single during that frame.

Price started the second game and picked up the win by tossing the first five innings. Her record is now 3-3. Junior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller threw to scoreless innings to record her first save of the year. The loss was tagged to Rachel LeCoq.

Sophomore first baseman Mikala King went 1-for-2 in the second game and scored a pair of runs.

Binghamton closes its season with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Niagara on Sunday. Earlier in the day, Maine clinched the fourth and final spot in next week’s America East Tournament with a 5-1 win at Hartford. The Black Bears will join Albany, Stony Brook and Boston University while the Bearcats will finish in fifth place in the conference.

NOTES: Binghamton finished the 2012 season with a record of 14-3, their best mark on their home field since moving up to the NCAA Division I level in 2002 ... the Bearcats have now won at least 20 games three consecutive seasons. Prior to Burrell taking over as head coach in 2010, Binghamton had not won 20 or more games since 2002.

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