Immediate Release: May 5, 2007
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Binghamton softball drops doubleheader to Maine 8-1 and 5-2
Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Freshman pitcher Christine McGivney and sophomore pitcher Jenn Balent allowed a combined total of three runs, leading Maine (28-14, 11-8 AE) to a doubleheader sweep of host Binghamton (7-33, 2-17 AE) in America East Conference softball action on Saturday at the East Gym Complex. The Black Bears took the first game 8-1 and the finale 5-2.
The Bearcats were undone defensively by five errors in each game. As a result, seven of the 13 runs allowed were unearned, including all five runs in the nightcap.
Freshman designated hitter Whitney Spangler and senior outfielder Kate Joseph each drove in a pair of runs for Maine in the first game. With the Black Bears up 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning, Spangler clubbed an RBI triple and later scored on a ground out RBI by Jospeh.
Binghamton cut the deficit to 3-1 when senior catcher Christina Quijano (Syracuse, N.Y.) singled home junior outfielder Liz Sequeira (Lakewood, Calif). Maine, however, blew the game open with four more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Spangler singed home a run during that frame and Joseph produced an RBI double.
McGiveny, meanwhile, tossed three scoreless inning to end the game. She finished with eight strikeouts and issued just one walk.
In the second game, Maine took advantage of a pair of Bearcat miscues to build a 4-0 advantage by the top of the second inning. The only Black Bear RBI during that stretch came on a single by sophomore second baseman Ashely Waters.
Balent, meanwhile, held Binghamton scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when Sequiera scored her second run of the afternoon, courtesy of a Black Bear error. One batter later, senior catcher Mia Bieman (Wingham, Ontario) doubled home senior designated hitter Sara Eppolito (Manlius, N.Y.), pulling the Bearcats to within 4-2.
It was the top of the seventh inning, however, that most symbolized the day for Binghamton. The first three Maine batters all reached on errors which produced an important insurance run. Binghamton left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The two teams conclude their seasons on Sunday at 11 a.m.
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