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For Immediate Release: March 15, 2006
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Softball falls to Eastern Illinois and Buckenll in Day Three of Rebel Spring Games

Box Score: Eastern Illinois 7, Binghamton 2
Box Score: Bucknell 6, Binghamton 4

ORLANDO, FLA. -- The Binghamton softball team (2-9) dropped a pair of game in their third day at the Rebel Spring Games in Orlando on Wednesday afternoon. The Bearcats fell to Eastern Illinois (15-8-1) 7-2 and to Bucknell (3-12) 6-4.

Senior shortstop
Rose Barre (Watertown, N.Y.) was once again the offensive leader for Binghamton. She went 2-for-6 with three RBI in the two games and is now batting a team-best .394 for the season. In addition, she has hit safely in all 11 games. Freshman center fielder Sandy Meadows (Huachuca City, Ariz) went 3-for-6 with a run and a RBI on Wednesday.

"The loss to Bucknell was tough because we had a two-run lead going into the last inning," head coach Holly Brown said. "We are hitting the ball better and our fielding is improving but we have to be more consistent."

In the opening game, Eastern Illinois got the bats going early, scoring all seven of their runs in the first three innings. Third baseman Rachel Karos drove home two of those runs on a double in the bottom of the second inning. She later scored to make the score 5-0 at the time.

Barre got the Bearcats on the board in the top of the third inning with a RBI double to trim the deficit to 5-1 Eastern Illinois, however, responded when second baseman Brittney Castle tripled home a run in the bottom of the third inning and later scored to stretch the lead to 7-1.

Meadows tripled home a run in the top of the sixth inning for the final run of the game.

Things appeared to improve against Bucknell, as the Bearcats took a 3-1 lead into the top of the seventh inning. Barre tied the game at 1-1 with a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning and later scored the go-ahead run on a single by sophomore pitcher
Megan Quinn (Temecula, Calif). One inning later, Barre had a RBI groundout to make it a two-run game.

In the top of the seventh inning, however, the Bison exploded for five runs. The key play came when pinch hitter Meghan Feller drilled a one-out, two-run double to put Bucknell up 4-3. She would later score the final run of the inning to make the score 6-3.

Binghamton didn't go quietly in the bottom of the seventh, closing the gap to 6-4 on a RBI single by freshman pinch hitter
Jessica Whitaker (Salinas, Calif.). The Bearcats, however, left the tying two runs on base at the end of the game.

The Bearcats are off on Thursday but return to action on Friday against Dayton (2:20 p.m.) and Rider (4:10 p.m.) in their fourth day of competition at the Rebel Spring Games.
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