Immediate Release: April 15, 2006
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Binghamton softball splits conference doubleheader with Hartford
Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score
VESTAL, N.Y.-- It was an afternoon of rallies as Binghamton (6-24, 2-8 AE) split a America East Conference softball doubleheader with Hartford (9-13, 4-6 AE) on Saturday afternoon at the East Gym Complex. The Bearcats won the first game 5-2 before dropping the nightcap 9-8.
"They (Hartford) put the ball in play when they needed to (in the second game)," head coach Holly Brown said. "We need to finish the game strong and play tough defense. We did some good things out there today but we need to hit like they did in the late innings."
Down 2-0 in the opener, Binghamton got going when sophomore center fielder Devin Glezen (Hallstead, Pa.) led off the bottom of the sixth inning with her fourth home run of the season. Three batters later, junior catcher Christine Quijano (Syracuse, N.Y.), who went 3-for-3 in the first game, drove in the tying run.
Later in the inning, Quijano scored the go ahead run on a throwing error. Junior pinch runner Amanda Dorrell (Vestal, N.Y.) stole home to make the score 4-2 and junior Emilie Palmcrantz (Leksand, Sweden) followed with a RBI single.
Hartford left two runners on base when the first game ended.
In the second game, the Bearcats exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 7-3 lead. The big blow was provided by senior second baseman Nicole Vitello (Olean, N.Y.), who drilled a grand slam over the right field fence. Also in the inning, Glezen drove in the second of her two runs on a RBI single and senior shotstop Rose Barre was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Junior catcher Mia Bieman (Wingham, Ontario) added what appeared to be an insurance run with a RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
With one out in the top of the seventh inning, however, Hartford launched its own attack, scoring six times to take a 9-8 lead. The key hits were turned in by senior outfielder Samantha Morrison and junior first baseman Kristie Rochette, each of whom singled home a pair of runs.
Rochette's hit tied the score at 8-8 and two batters later, Morrison scored the go-ahead run on a single by freshman outfielder Kristen Cericola.
The Bearcats left the tying run on first base when the game ended in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Binghamton and Hartford conclude their three-game series with a 10:30 a.m. contest on Sunday.
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