Bearcats drop pair to league-leading Boston University

Boston University 2, Binghamton 1

Boston University 8, Binghamton 3

VESTAL, N.Y. - Visiting Boston University (23-17, 13-1 AE) swept a doubleheader from Binghamton (16-15, 6-6 AE) Sunday afternoon, winning 2-1 and 8-3.

In game one, sophomore pitcher Michelle Weeks (Bunnell, Fla./Flager Palm Coast) scattered six hits in seven innings, but the Terriers scored a pair of unearned runs in the first inning and held on for the 2-1 win. Binghamton committed three errors in the inning. The Bearcats got one run back in the fifth inning and advanced the potential tying run to second in the seventh, but Boston pitcher Julie Kenneke (W, 9-5) shut the door with her ninth strikeout to end the game.

Junior catcher Jessica Chellis (Tunkhannock, Pa.) went 2-for-3 to lead Binghamton. The Bearcats stranded six runners - four in the final two innings.

Game two was another close tilt until the Terriers erupted for six runs in the sixth inning to break a 1-all deadlock. Boston batted around and combined four hits with three Binghamton errors to break the game wide open. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bearcats had tied the game when sophomore second baseman Marybeth Yerdon (Lacona, N.Y./Sandy Creek) lifted a sacrifice fly to center field which scored pinch runner Lauren Verrusio (New Rochelle, N.Y.). Senior third baseman Jen Richardson (Wellsville, N.Y.) had opened the inning with a double off the top of the wall in center field.

Binghamton committed four errors in game two, resulting in six unearned runs. Richardson went 2-for-3. Senior Mary Karen Wheat (Brockport, N.Y.) suffered just her second loss of the season (L, 5-2).

The two teams will conclude the four-game series with a rare Monday morning doubleheader, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at Binghamton's East Gym Complex.


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