Immediate Release: March 31, 2006
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Binghamton softball swept by Albany, 10-1 and 5-0, in conference-opening doubleheader
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Defending America East Conference champion Albany (17-3-1, 2-0 AE) swept an America East doubleheader from Binghamton (4-17, 0-2 AE) on Friday afternoon at Albany Field. The Great Danes took the first game 10-1 in five innings and the second game 5-0.
"They (Albany) are obviously the champions for a reason," head coach Holly Brown said. "Even thought its tough (going up against them), I'd rather do it now so we know how to improve. We were able to get some runners on base but couldn't advance them. Albany was able to do that."
Senior shortstop Rose Barre (Watertown, N.Y.) got the Bearcats off to a good start in the first game by belting a solo home run in the top of the first inning. It was the first homer of the year for Barre, who went 2-for-5 in the doubleheader.
The Great Danes biggest weapon, however, was senior first baseman Ashley Rios, who went 2-for-3 with three runs and five RBI in the first game. She drove one of the Great Danes' five runs in the bottom of the first inning (on a fielder's choice) and belted a grand slam one inning later to extend the lead to 9-1. In the bottom of the fourth inning, it was Rios who scored on a RBI single, giving Albany the nine-run lead it needed to end the game after five innings.
In the nightcap, junior pitcher Casey Halloran fired a four-hit shutout and struck out five Bearcat batters. She got run support right away when senior shortstop Maegan Larsen homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning.
After giving up the homer to Larsen, freshman pitcher Jessica Whitaker (Salinas, Calif.) did not allow a hit the next four innings, striking out three batters and issuing only one walk.
It was in the bottom of the fifth inning, however, that the defending champions blew the game open with four more runs. The Great Danes sent all nine batters to the plate and pounded out five hits in the process.
Junior first baseman Emilie Palmcrantz (Leksand, Sweden) got two of Binghamton's four hits in the second game.
Binghamton and Albany are scheduled to conclude the three-game series on Saturday at 11 a.m.
NOTES: Barre is now batting .367 for the season. She has hit safely in her last four games ... Halloran was also the starting pitcher in the first game allowing only Barre's homer before retiring the next 10 batters.
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