For Immediate Release: March 24, 2006
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Binghamton softball splits doubleheader at Fordham

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

BRONX, N.Y. -- Freshman pitcher
Jessica Whitaker (Salinas, Calif) won her second straight decision, leading Binghamton (4-13) to a split at Fordham (12-13) in a non-confernce softball doubleheader on Friday afternoon. After losing the first game 9-0 in five innings, the Bearcats bounced back for a 4-1 win in the nightcap.

Whitaker (2-2) scattered one run on four hits and struck out a career-high eight batters. She issued just one walk and retired 13 of the final 14 batters.

"(Jessica) kept her composure and stayed within herself during the game," head coach Holly Brown said. "She is definitely adjusting well as a freshman."

The Bearcats were down 1-0 until sophomore catcher
Devin Glezen (Hallstead, Pa.) drilled a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning. Two innings later, senior second baseman Nicole Vitello (Olean, N.Y.) gave Binghamton a 2-1 advantage with a two-out RBI single. In the top of the seventh inning, Binghamton tacked on a pair of insurance runs on a throwing error.

In the opening game, junior first baseman Megan Hansen of Fordham with 3-for-3, scored a pair of runs and recorded five RBI. Her big blow was a three-run home run in the bottom of the second inning that put the Rams up 4-0. With five more runs in the bottom in the ensuing frame, Fordham was able to close out the game in five innings.

On the mound, junior Sara Kinney hurled a two-hit shutout, striking out six batters in the process and not issuing a walk. Senior shortstop
Rose Barre (Watertown, N.Y.) had both the Bearcat hits.

Binghamton heads to Manhattan on Sunday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

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