For Immediate Release: March 20, 2004
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Bearcats place third at JMU Dukes Invitational, Barre named to all-tournament team

Game 1 Box: Binghamton 6, Sacred Heart 2
Game 2 Box: James Madison 9, Binghamton 2
Game 3 Box : Lehigh 4, Binghamton 3
Game 4 Box: Lehigh 1, Binghamton 0
Game 5 Box: Binghamton 8, Sacred Heart 1

HARRISONBURG, VA.--Sophomore pitcher Katie Hansen (Westtown, N.Y./ Minisink Valley) allowed one run on five hits and struck out two batters, leading Binghamton (7-4-1) to a 8-1 win over Sacred Heart in the consolation game of the JMU Dukes Invitational on Sunday morning. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Bearcats.

Sophomore shortstop Rose Barre (Watertown, N.Y./ General Brown), who was named to the all-tournament team, went 2-for-3 with a triple and a RBI. Senior catcher Jessica Chellis (Tunkhannock, Pa./Tunkhannock) was 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI while junior center fielder Jessica Dima (Staten Island, N.Y.) belted a three run home run. Freshman infielder Jessica Isaacs (White Plains, N.Y./ White Plains) was 2-for-3.

Binghamton split its first two games in the tournament on Friday, defeating Sacred Heart 6-2 before losing to host James Madison 9-2.

In the win over Sacred Heart on Friday, Hansen allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out eight batters and Barre went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the opening game on Friday. Also turning in a multiple-hit game against Sacred Heart was Dima who was 2-for-4 with a triple.

In the game against James Madison, the host Dukes blew the game open with five runs in the third inning and three runs in the fourth inning to lock up the win. Senior pitcher Michelle Weeks (Bunnell, Fla./ Flagler Palm Coast) suffered her first loss of the season, dropping her record to 2-1. Offensively, freshman infielder Christina Quijano (Syracuse, N.Y./ Westhill) went 2-for-3 and scored a run while freshman third baseman Sara Eppolito (Manlius, N.Y./ Fayetteville-Manlius) went 2-for-2.

On Saturday, Binghamton suffered a pair of loses at the hands of Lehigh. The Bearcats lost the final game of pool play 4-3 as well as the first game of bracket play.

In the morning, Weeks suffered her second loss in as many outings. Her record fell to 2-2 on the season. Offensively, shortstop Barre went 2-for-4, freshman third baseman Sara Eppolito (Manlius, N.Y./ Fayetteville-Manlius) went 2-for-2. Quijano went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and sophomore infielder Nicole Vitello (Olean, N.Y./ Olean) also went 2-for-4.

In the second game against Lehigh, Hansen allowed just one run on four hits and struck out a pair of batters but the Mountain Hawks took advantage of an error in the second inning to plate the only run of the game. Binghamton as a team collected only two hits.

Binghamton travels to Virginia next week for the Cavalier Classic.

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