Release: March 18, 2011
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BU softball drops pair of close games in opening day of James
goes 2-for-7 and scores twice, Emerling fans career-high nine
Box score: Binghamton vs. Lehigh
score: Binghamton vs. St. John's
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Despite
a pair of solid pitching performances, Binghamton (6-5) lost
two games in the opening day of the James Madison Softball Tournament.
The Bearcats were defeated 4-3 by Lehigh (6-8) in eight innings
and 3-1 to St. John's (12-13) on a walkoff home run in the bottom
of the seventh inning.
In the opening game, Liz Lucas drilled a two-run home run in
the top of the eighth inning, powering Lehigh to the victory.
The Mountain Hawks had blown a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the
seventh inning but bounced right back and then held off a Bearcat
rally in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Down by two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and down
to their final two outs, the Bearcats forced extra innings when
junior outfielder Jessica
Phillips scored on a wild pitch and junior pinch runner Briana
Andrews tied the game on a sacrifice fly. Binghamton, however,
was unable to plate the winning run, setting the stage for Lucas'
The Bearcats nearly mounted another two-run comeback in the bottom
of the eighth inning. Junior outfielder Meghan
Tucker had a RBI double but was left on third base when the
Kelsey Lee got the win for Lehigh, going the distance to improve
her record to 2-2. Junior pitcher Kristen
Emerling got tagged with the loss despite also going 8.0
innings and striking out a career-high nine batters. She issued
three walks and two of the four runs she allowed were unearned.
Phillips went 2-for-4 in the first game and scored once.
It was another two-run homer that sent Binghamton to defeat in
the nightcap. Mariah Rogers hit a one-out, two-run home run in
the bottom of the seventh inning to end the game.
The Red Storm opened the scoring in the bottom of the second
inning on a solo home run by Jackie Reed. Binghamton, however,
tied the game in the top of the third inning when Phillips scored
on a RBI single by freshman designated hitter Demi
Aleshia Link (4-1) got the win, scattering one run on six hits
and striking out three batters. Sophomore Rhoda
Marsteller (2-2) took the loss, despite allowing just three
hits and striking out three batters in 6.1 innings.
Sophomore outfielder Shannon
Kane went 2-for-3 against the Red Storm.
Play continues on Saturday at the James Madison Tournament. Binghamton
has a 10 a.m. rematch against St. John's and a 3 p.m. game against
the host Dukes.
NOTES: Four of the five Bearcat setbacks this year have
been decided in either extra innings or in bottom of the seventh
inning ... Binghamton currently has an America East Conference-best
1.69 ERA ... Emerling's previous career high for strikeouts was
seven, which she accomplished against Stony Brook on May 2, 2010
and against Cornell on May 4, 2010 ... Phillips, who is now batting
a team-best .467, has five multiple-hit games this season. Kane,
who is hitting .333, has posted four multiple-hit performances.