For Immediate Release: April 18, 2009
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Binghamton softball gets swept by Albany in doubleheader
Great Danes pitching staff, Butsch's bat overcome Bearcats

Albany 1, Binghamton 0
Albany 7, Binghamton 1

Vestal, N.Y. - Albany's pitching staff of Leah McIntosh and Marissa Powell was dominant in leading Albany (27-10, 8-3 AE) to a conference doubleheader sweep of Binghamton (5-28, 0-13 AE) with scores of 1-0 and 7-1 on Saturday.

McIntosh threw the complete game two-hit shutout and struck out 14 batters in the opener Albany's Gina Mason provided the difference by hitting a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning.

Binghamton's Cyrilla Suker's sound pitching performance was overshadowed by McIntosh's gem. Suker pitched the complete game, scattering six hits and allowing only one run.

Binghamton's two hits in the opener came from the bats of junior Shannon McLeese and freshman Meghan Tucker.

In the 7-1 nightcap Powell throw a complete game three-hitter with eight strikeouts and the only run she allowed was unearned.

Albany scored two runs in the first on a Meagan Butsch home run and added five more in the fifth, highlighted by Butsch's second home run of the day, a three-run shot.

In the bottom of the fifth BU's Deannie Plemon reached base on a dropped third strike and Stephanie Kolodziesjki later doubled to right center to plate Binghamton's only run of the game.

Binghamton's other two hits of the nightcap came from Plemon and Sandy Meadows.

Binghamton and Albany will meet again tomorrow for a single game at noon.

Notes: Meadows moved into sole possession of fourth place on Binghamton's Division I career hits list with 115 and Suker moved into second on the school's career Division I strikeout list with 319.

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