Release: March 20, 2011
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BU softball loses 9-5 to Lehigh on final day of James Madison
and DeLuca each drill two-run homers
Box score: Binghamton vs. Lehigh
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Alex Cueva
and Liz Lucas each drove in three runs, powering Lehigh (8-10)
to a 9-5 win over Binghamton (7-7) in the final day of the James
Madison Softball Tournament. The loss was the Bearcats' second
in three days against the Mountain Hawks.
With the game deadlocked a 4-4 in the bottom the sixth inning,
Cueva hit a two-run triple down the right field line, giving
Lehigh a lead it would never relinquish. Two batters later, Lucas
blew the game open with a three-run home run. It was her second
home run in as many games against the Bearcats.
Binghamton came out strong as sophomore outfielder Jessica
Phillips belted a two-run home run in the top of the first
inning. It was her team-high fourth home run of the season and
gave the Bearcats a quick 2-0 advantage.
Lehigh got a run back in the bottom of the first inning but senior
first baseman Stephanie
DeLuca drilled a two-run home run of her own in the top of
the second inning, extending the lead to 4-1. It was her first
home run of the season.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Audra Wood tripled home a
pair of runs, trimming the deficit to 4-3. One batter later,
she scored the tying run on a single by Cueva.
Following the Mountain Hawks' five-run outburst in the bottom
of the sixth inning, Binghamton got a run back on a RBI single
by Phillips in the top of the seventh inning. She was left on
base, however, when the game ended.
Rebecca Bliss (4-1) got the win for Lehigh while sophomore pitcher
Price (2-2) took the loss. All five runs she allowed, however,
were unearned, due to a pair of Bearcat errors in the decisive
Phillips, who is batting a team-high .439, went 3-for-4 with
a run and 3 RBI. Freshman outfielder Anna
Blessing went 2-for-3 and scored once.
Binghamton opens conference play next Saturday with a 1 p.m.
doubleheader at Hartford.
NOTES: Phillips has also reached base safely
in 13 straight games. Her on-base percentage is a team-best .549
and she scored a team-high 11 runs. In addition, Phillips has
a team-best 15 RBI ... DeLuca has hit safely in the Bearcats'
last three games, going 3-for-6 during that stretch ... in the
three games she played this weekend, Blessing scored a pair of
runs ... senior catcher Deannie
Plemon has hit safely in six of the past nine games.