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Softball swept by Syracuse 6-1, 2-0 in non-conference doubleheader

Orange is currently second team receiving votes in ESPN/USA Softball Top 25 Poll

April 12, 2012

Softball swept by Syracuse 6-1, 2-0 in non-conference doubleheader

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Carey-Leigh Thomas drilled a three-run homer in the first game and Julie Wambold belted a two-run home run in the nightcap, leading Syracuse (28-9) to a 6-1, 2-0 sweep over Binghamton (15-19) in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Thursday afternoon at the SU Softball Complex. The Orange is currently the second team receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Softball Top 25 Poll.

Clinging to a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning in game one, Syracuse drew a pair of walks, setting the stage for Thomas’ decisive shot. Her two-out homer, which cleared the center field fence, was her ninth of the year.

One inning later, the Orange added an insurance run on a RBI single by Lisaira Daniels.

After allowing a pair of runs in the first inning of game one, the Bearcats settled down and pulled to within 2-1 on a RBI single by sophomore pinch hitter Chelsey Locatell. Binghamton, however, stranded seven runners, including five in the final three innings.

Julie Ciara scattered one run on six hits and struck out 13 batters to improve her record to 18-3. Junior pitcher Kristen Emerling went the distance and allowed only four hits, but saw her record fall to 4-5.

Sophomore second baseman Jessica Bump went 1-for-3 in the opener with a double. She scored the Bearcats’ lone run on the hit by Locatell.

Sophomore pitcher Demi Laney held the Orange hitless through the first three innings of the nightcap. Offensively, however, the Bearcats stranded four runners during the same span.

Laney retired the first two batters in the bottom of the fourth inning but the Orange kept the inning alive with a two-out single. That allowed Wambold to come up and deliver the two-run home run that would be the eventual game winner.

On the mound, Stacy Kuwik tossed a three-hit shutout and struck out 17 Binghamton batters to improve to 8-3 on the season. Laney dropped to 6-6 with the loss.

Junior outfielder Jessica Phillips went 2-for-3 in the second game with a pair of doubles. She reached base four times during the doubleheader.

Binghamton heads to Maine on Saturday for a noon doubleheader. The Bearcats and Black Bears will also play a single game Sunday at 11 a.m.

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