Immediate Release: April 3, 2004
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Weeks fires no hitter as softball team sweeps doubleheader from Hartford 3-2 and 11-0
Game 1 Box: Binghamton 3, Hartford 2
Game 2 Box: Binghamton 11, Hartford 0 (5 innings)
VESTAL, N.Y.---Senior pitcher Michelle Weeks (Bunnell, Fla./ Flagler Palm Coast) threw Binghamton's first no hitter in four years as the Bearcats (9-9-1, 2-0 AE) swept a pair of games from Hartford (2-9, 0-2 AE) in an America East Conference doubleheader on Saturday. Binghamton won the opening game 3-2 before Weeks threw her gem in the second game, which the Bearcats also won 11-0.
In the first game, Binghamton survived making seven errors to record the win. With Hartford up 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning, freshman third baseman Sara Eppolito (Manlius, N.Y./ Fayetteville-Manlius) drilled a three-run double down the left field line to give the Bearcats a 3-2 lead. In the top of the fifth inning, the Bearcats made three consecutive miscues, allowing the Hawks to load the bases with no outs. Sophomore pitcher Katie Hansen (Westtown, N.Y./ Minisink Valley), however, got out of the jam by retiring the next three batters to preserve the lead. Hansen, who went the distance, allowed no earned runs, just three hits and struck out five batters to improve her record to 5-5 on the season.
The second game was a much different story as Weeks struck out 11 batters and the Bearcats were flawless in the field. Binghamton was near flawless at the plate as well, belting out four home runs in a span of two innings. Senior catcher Jessica Chellis (Tunkhannock, Pa./ Tunkhannock) got things started when she crushed a 3-2 pitch well over the left field fence to lead off the second inning. Junior center fielder Jessica Dima (Staten Island, N.Y./ Port Richmond) was the next batter and she drilled the first pitch over the fence in center field to extend the lead to 2-0. After a single by Eppolito, junior first baseman Marybeth Yerdon (Lacona, N.Y./ Sandy Creek) homered to make the score 4-0.
Dima struck again in the bottom of the third inning as she belted a three-run home run to stretch the lead to 7-0. Senior outfielder Chrsitine Sweeney (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./ John Jay) and sophomore shortstop Rose Barre (Watertown, N.Y./ General Brown) each delivered two-run singles later in the third inning which stretched the lead to 11-0.
As for Weeks, the win over the Hawks improved her record to 3-4 on the season. The 11 strikeouts marked the most she has had in a game this season.
Binghamton and Hartford will conclude their three-game series on Sunday at noon.
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