Binghamton falls to Cleveland State before beating George Mason at Patriot Classic

The Bearcats (6-6) split their first two games on the second day of play at the George Mason Patriot Classic on Saturday, falling to Cleveland State 4-1 before posting a 6-0 shutout over host George Mason. Binghamton was also to play Stony Brook on Saturday night as the tournament transitioned into a single-elimination format. Should the Bearcats beat the Seawolves on Saturday, they could play up to two games in the championship bracket on Sunday. A loss would move Binghamton into the consolation bracket.

In the game against George Mason, sophomore pitcher Michelle Weeks (Bunnell, Fla./Flagler Palm Coast) fired a two-hitter and sophomore infielder Marybeth Yerdon (Lacona, N.Y./Sandy Creek) hit the first homerun of her collegiate career.

Weeks improved to 3-1 on the season, while lowering her ERA to 1.30. She has not allowed an earned run in her last 25.1 innings. In today's game, she allowed only a pair of singles, while striking out four batters. The only significant scoring threat mounted by George Mason came in the sixth inning, when Binghamton already had a 5-0 lead. The Patriots loaded the bases with two outs, but Weeks induced a pop-up in foul territory to end the inning.

Binghamton got on the board in the second inning when an RBI single by senior third baseman Jennifer Richardson (Wellsville, N.Y.) brought home junior catcher Jessica Chellis (Tunkhannock, Pa.). The Bearcats then exploded for four runs in the fourth inning to break the game open. After leading off the inning with a walk, Chellis advanced to second on a sacrifice and moved to third when graduate first baseman Leah Truncale (Newburgh, N.Y.) reached on an error. Richardson followed with her second RBI single of the game, scoring Chellis, and Yerdon cleared the bases with a three-run homerun to center field. Sophomore designated hitter Marisa DeStasio (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) had an RBI single in the sixth inning to score freshman shortstop Rose Barre (Watertown, N.Y./General Brown).

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