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Softball settles for split at St. Bonaventure

Bearcats win first game 7-3, drop nightcap 10-8

April 17, 2013

Softball settles for split at St. Bonaventure

Game One Final Stats

Game Two Final Stats

Final Team Stats

OLEAN, N.Y.—Junior second baseman Jessica Bump scored four runs while senior outfielder Jessica Phillips drove in four runs as Binghamton (19-12) managed a split at St. Bonaventure (6-32) in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at McGraw-Jennings Field. The Bearcats took the opener 7-3 but were undone by a season-high six errors in losing the nightcap 10-8.

Bump, who finished the day 4-for-8 (.500), homered and drove in three runs. She finished with six total bases in the first game and finished the doubleheader with a 1.000 slugging percentage.

Phillips, meanwhile, went 3-for-7 (.421) and also hit a home run. In the process, she extended her career-best hitting streak to 12 games. Phillips also now has 170 career hits, which ties Mollie Lehman (1997-00) for first all time in program history.

Junior third baseman Mikala King was 3-for-6 (.500) while junior outfielder Colleen Dougherty and freshman first baseman Lisa Cadogan each went 3-for-7 (.429). As a team, the Bearcats hit a collective .350 in the two games.

In the opener, Bump was the catalyst in Binghamton taking a 7-0 lead after four innings. She scored on a sacrifice fly in the first inning and on a groundout in the third inning. It was her three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning, however, that proved to be the biggest blow of the game.

Freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee, meanwhile, belted a solo home run in the top of the second inning. In the process, she extended her current hitting streak to a career-best 10 games. She would be held hitless, however, in her only at-bat in the second game.

Lindsay Stowell pulled the Bonnies to within 7-2 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. One frame later, Grace Rooney scored on a passed ball.

Junior pitcher Demi Laney improved her record to 8-5 with the win. Carly Bilchak fell to 4-12 with the loss.

Phillips put the Bearcats up 3-0 in the top of the first inning of the nightcap with her program-best 43rd career home run. In the bottom of the frame, however, Binghamton committed three miscues as St. Bonaventure pulled to within 3-2. Two innings later, the Bearcats again committed three errors, leading to four more St. Bonaventure runs.

Cadogan tied the game with a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning. Two batters later, Phillips scored on a single by freshman pinch hitter Griffin McIver, putting Binghamton ahead 7-6.

In the bottom of the same inning, however, the Bonnies erupted for four runs on five hits to take a 10-7 lead. Laurie Waite drilled a two-run home run and Ashley Snider added a two-run triple.

The Bearcats got a run back in the top of the seventh inning when Phillips scored on a sacrifice fly. The tying run, however, was left on first base when the game ended.

Alexis Sloat got the win to improve to 2-7 on the season. The loss was tagged to senior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller, who is now 7-3.

Binghamton heads to Hartford for a three-game America East series, starting with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday. The two squads will also play a single game Sunday at noon.

NOTES: Binghamton’s win in the opener extended its winning streak to eight games, its longest such streak since also winning eight games in a row from March 7-25, 2010.

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