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Binghamton splits doubleheader with Maine

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--The Bearcats (17-18, 7-9 AE) held on for a 2-1 win in the first game before falling to Maine (21-20, 9-9 AE) 3-1 in the second game of a conference doubleheader played Thursday afternoon. The two teams finally completed a doubleheader whose first 1 1/2 innings were played just over a month ago at the East Gym Complex. On March 29 the Bearcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning. However, the game was suspended in the bottom of the second inning due to heavy rains. The two teams met in Springfield, Massachussets this afternoon to complete the suspended game and play a second contest, with Binghamton maintaining home-field advantage for both games.

Sophomore pitcher Michelle Weeks (Bunnell, Fla./Flagler Palm Coast) went the distance in the opener, allowing one earned run on two hits in seven innings. She walked just one batter and struck out nine while improving to 10-4 on the season. Weeks also pitched the final 1 1/3 innings of the second game in a relief role, allowing no runs or hits. She lowered her ERA to a microscopic 0.94 and is now averaging 8.0 strikeouts per seven innings.

Junior outfielder Jessica Dima (Staten Island, N.Y./Port Richmond) led the way offensively in the first game, going 2-for-3 and driving in a run.

In the second game, the Bearcats were held to just two hits in the loss. The Black Bears pushed across single runs in the first, third and sixth innings, while Binghamton plated its lone run in the fourth inning. Dima and junior outfielder Christine Sweeney (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) had the Bearcats only hits.

The split today leaves Binghamton tied for fourth place with Stony Brook (8-10 AE) in the America East standings. The Bearcats will travel to Stony Brook for a critical four-game series this weekend. The teams will play doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon. The series marks the conclusion of conference play for both schools, meaning the Bearcats likely need to take three out of four games in the series to advance to the America East Championship next weekend. The top four teams in the conference advance to the conference tournament.
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