Immediate Release: May 3, 2006
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Binghamton softball swept by Cornell in non-conference doubleheader.
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
VESTAL, N.Y.- Freshman pitcher Jenn Meunier scattered one run on five hits in the first game and freshman pitcher Haley Mirer fired a two-hit shutout in the nightcap, leading Cornell (30-23) to a doubleheader sweep over Binghamton (12-32) in non-conference softball action on Wednesday afternoon at the East Gym Complex. The Big Red won the opener 7-1 and the finale 10-0.
Meunier improved her record to 16-9 on the season. She struck out three batters and issued just one walk. Offensively, freshman shortstop Samantha Hare went 2-for-4 with two runs and a pair of RBI.
Junior third baseman Caitlin Warren drilled a RBI double in the top of the first inning, giving Cornell a 1-0 edge. Hare singled and later scored a run in the pivotal top of the fourth inning, as the Big Red tacked on four more runs to go up 5-0.
Senior shortstop Rose Barre (Watertown, N.Y.) tripled home junior first baseman Emilie Palmcrantz (Leksand, Sweden) in the bottom of the fourth inning to trim the deficit to 4-1. It was her school-record sixth triple of the season. The previous record of five triples was held by Mollie Lehman (1997-00). In addition, Barre now has nine career triples, breaking Lehman's all-time school record of eight.
Two innings later, however, Harre drilled two-run home run over the center field fence to make the score 7-1. It was her first home run of the season.
The Bearcats went down in order in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings.
As for Mirer, she struck out eight batters in five innings and did not issue a walk. She got plenty of run support early as the Big Red jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings. Freshman outfielder Jessica Berkey had the key hit with a two-run single in the top of the first inning.
Without question, however, it was the top of the fourth inning which would be the backbreaker. After going up 4-0 on a RBI single by sophomore first baseman Erin Murtha, the Big Red hit three consecutive home runs. Freshman catcher Nicole Cheever drilled a three-run blast over the center field wall. Berkey followed with a solo shot well beyond the right field fence and freshman outfielder Meghan Risca capped off the outburst with a line drive over the left field fence.
Mirer retired six of the final seven Binghamton batters to finish off the game in five innings.
Barre collected one of the Bearcats' two hits in the nightcap. She went 3-for-5 in the doubleheader and raised her batting average to a team-best and career-high .379.
Binghamton hosts Vermont in a noon doubleheader on Saturday.
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