For Immediate Release: April 22, 2006
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Binghamton softball splits conference doubleheader at Boston

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior pitcher
Katie Hansen (Westtown, N.Y.) won her third straight start and junior catcher Christine Quijano (Syracuse, N.Y.) drove in four runs, leading Binghamton (10-27, 3-11 AE) to a split at Boston (21-23, 7-6 AE) in an America East Conference softball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats won the first game 10-2 before dropping the nightcap 12-3.

"Katie pitched well in the first game and our offense did a good job," head coach Holly Brown said. "We got to stay consistent and we didn't in the second game."

Hansen scattered two runs on six hits and struck out five batters in the first game. Quijano, meanwhile, delivered the big blow offensively with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning.

Senior shortstop
Rose Barre (Watertown, N.Y.) went 3-for-4, scored three times and had a pair of RBI. Junior catcher Mia Bieman (Wingham, Ontario) went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs while senior second baseman Nicole Vitello (Olean, N.Y.) was 2-for-4 and drove in two runs.

Vitello had a RBI double and Barre scored during a double play in the top of the first inning, putting Binghamton up 2-0. Quijano doubled home Bieman in the fourth inning to increase the lead to 3-0.

After Boston got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the fourth inning, Barre tripled home a run in the top of the fifth inning. She later scored on a single by Vitello to make the score 5-2.

Binghamton sealed the game in the seventh inning with five more runs. Barre singled home a run and scored two batters later on a double by freshman outfielder
Sandy Meadows (Huachua City, Ariz.). After Bieman drew a walk, Quijano hit her three-run shot to seal the game.

Vitello belted a two-run home run in the top of the first inning of the nightcap, giving Binghamton a quick 2-0 edge. Boston, however, deadlocked the game in the bottom of the frame on a two-run double by junior second baseman Brandi Shields.

Boston got another run in the bottom of the second inning and then blew the game open with five runs in the third inning. Freshman shortstop Melissa Dubay had the decisive hit with a two-run double.

One inning later, the Terriers plated their final four runs, led by senior first baseman Liz Alley's two-run single. Binghamton's lone response was a two-out RBI single by sophomore center fielder
Devin Glezen (Hallstead, Pa.) in the top of the fifth inning. Boston, however, got the final out of the inning to finish the game.

Binghamton and Boston finish off their three-game series with an 11 a.m. game on Sunday.

NOTES: Barre now has five triples this season and eight for her career. Both marks tie the school records set by Mollie Lehman (1997-00), who had five triples during the 1998 season and eight for her career ... Vitello's home run was the 17th of her career, which breaks the all-time mark of 16 home runs, set by Jessica Chellis (2001-04).

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