Immediate Release: April 1, 2006
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Binghamton softball drops series finale to Albany 9-1
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Defending America East Conference champion Albany (18-3-1, 3-0 AE) scored seven runs in the bottom of the third inning, sparking a 9-1 win over Binghamton (4-18, 0-3 AE) in the final contest of an America East Conference weekend series. The game, which featured a 45-minute rain delay in the third inning, was called after five innings.
"The field conditions were tough with the rain but Albany pushed through it on defense and we didn't," head coach Holly Brown. "We fell apart in that (third) inning."
The Bearcats were plagued by four errors as six of the Great Danes' nine runs were unearned. One of those errors came in the bottom of the first inning, leading to Albany's first run of the game.
Binghamton bounced back in the top of the third inning when junior first baseman Emilie Palmcrantz (Leksand, Sweden) singled home freshman pitcher Jessica Whitaker (Salinas, Calif.) to deadlock the game at 1-1. Following that at bat, however, the last seven Bearcat batters were retired in order.
In the decisive bottom of the third inning, the big blow was provided by senior second baseman Katrina Dunning, who belted a three-run triple to give the Great Danes a 4-1 lead. She later scored on a wild pitch. The Bearcats committed two errors in the inning and five of the Great Dane runs were unearned.
Albany was able to finish off the game with another run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Junior pitcher Casey Halloran earned her third consecutive win in the series, allowing just one run on one hit, striking out five batters and issuing one walk.
Binghamton opens its home slate with a 4 p.m. doubleheader against Syracuse on Tuesday.
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