Release: February 19, 2010
STATESBORO Ga. -- The Binghamton softball program (1-1) opened its 2010 season with a split at Georgia Southern's Eagle Classic on Friday. Binghamton lost a heartbreaking 5-4 decision to Lipscomb in the bottom of the seventh in their opener before beating host-Georgia Southern 6-4 in the 10th in the extra-innings nightcap.
Binghamton 6, Georgia Southern 4
Trailing 1-0 entering the top of the fifth, the Bearcats were able to get on the board when sophomore Briana Andrews and senior Shannon McLeese scored on an error by a Georgia Southern outfielder off a ball hit by freshman Jessica Phillips to take a 2-1 lead. Georgia Southern scored the equalizer in the bottom of the frame.
BU threatened to again take the lead in the top of the seventh, with Andrews doubling and advancing to third on a passed ball. After senior Stephanie Valencia walked, the Bearcats attempted a double-steal, but Andrews was out at home.
Freshman Rhoda Marsteller retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.
Due to extra-inning tiebreak rules, both teams were able to place a runner on second base to lead off each inning. Binghamton pinch ran freshman Shannon Kane, and junior Kelly Schuldt came through with a two-out single, to knock in Kane from second base, the go-ahead run.
Georgia Southern equaled the score in the eighth yet again and neither team was able to get a run across in the ninth inning.
The tenth inning proved to be the decider for Binghamton. A placed runner, single, walk and a fielder's choice loaded the bases for BU with two outs. Schuldt then ripped a double down the left field line, clearing the bases before being thrown out at third. BU gave up a run in the bottom of the tenth, but the three runs off of Schuldt's bat were enough to post the 6-4 extra inning victory.
Schuldt was 2-for-4 in the game with four RBI and Andrews had two hits. Marsteller was able to earn a win in her career debut, pitching the full 10 innings, allowing only two earned runs and striking out 10.
Lipscomb 5, Binghamton 4
Binghamton wasn't able to find that same late-game magic in the season-opener against Lipscomb. After Lipscomb grabbed three runs in the first three innings, head coach Michelle Burrell made a pitching change, bringing in freshman Kate Price. Price was able to quiet the Lipscomb offense long enough for Binghamton to mount a comeback and eventually tie the game at 4-4.
BU began its fight back in the top of the fourth with a double by junior Deannie Plemon, followed by a Phillips single to plate BU's first run.
Plemon next came up to the plate in the sixth with two runners on, and crushed her first home run of the season to left center to tie the game at 4-4.
Lipscomb's game winning run reached base on an error in the bottom of the seventh and was eventually plated by a Christen Campbell single to end the game.
Plemon was 2-for-3 against Lipscomb.
Notes: Schuldt's four RBI against Georgia Southern was a career-high ... Plemon was 3-for-7 on the day with seven total bases for a slugging percentage of 1.000 ... Marsteller follows the current sophomore duo of Kristen Emerling and Meghan Tucker as players to earn a win in their first career start
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