swept by Stony Brook, eliminated from post season contention
1: Stony Brook 3, Binghamton 2 (8 innings)
2: Stony Brook 5, Binghamton 4
3: Stony Brook 4, Binghamton 2
4: Stony Brook 6, Binghamton 4
Binghamton softball team's quest for a spot in next week's America
East Conference Tournament came to a heartbreaking end this past
weekend, as the Bearcats (17-22, 7-13 AE) dropped a pair of late-inning
heartbreakers to Stony Brook (25-31, 12-10 AE) on Saturday afternoon
and were swept again on Sunday. On Saturday, the host Seawolves
came from behind twice, pulling out a 3-2, eight-inning win in
the first game before winning 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh
inning in the nightcap. On Sunday, no late inning heroics were
needed as the Seawolves won 4-2 and 6-4.
Binghamton traveled to Stony Brook needing to take three out
of four games this weekend to clinch the fourth and final spot
in next week's tournament. Instead, this weekend marked the end
of the Bearcats' 2003 season.
In the opener on Saturday, the Bearcats were down in the sixth
inning when junior catcher Jessica Chellis (Tunkhannock, Pa.)
drilled a double into right-center field, scoring sophomore designated
hitter Marisa DeStasio (Bethlehem, Pa./ Freedom) on the
play. With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the eighth inning,
Chellis smacked a solo home run to give Binghamton a 2-1 cushion.
The Seawolves, however, were able to plate both the tying and
winning runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Unfortunately for the Bearcats, the second game would result
in perhaps a more devastating ending. Tied 1-1 heading into the
seventh inning. Binghamton appeared to blow the game open with
three runs to take a 4-1 advantage into the bottom of the inning.
Sophomore second baseman Marybeth Yerdon (Lacona, N.Y./ Sandy
Creek) had a RBI single and later scored on an error to put
Binghamton up 3-1. When DeStasio followed with a RBI double,
it appeared the Bearcats had locked up the game.
Down 4-1, however, Stony Brook came back again, scoring four
times in the bottom of the inning to record the sweep.
In the first game on Sunday, senior third baseman Jen Richardson
(Wellsville, N.Y.) singled home junior outfielder Jessica
Dima (Staten Island, N.Y./ Port Richmond) in the top of the
third inning to put Binghamton up 1-0. Stony Brook, however,
quickly responded with three runs in the bottom of the third
inning to go ahead 3-1. The Seawolves added another run in the
fourth inning to go up 4-1.
In the sixth inning, Chellis, who went 2-for-3 in the game hit
a one-out double and later scored on a RBI single by freshman
shortstop Rose Barre (Watertown, N.Y./ General Brown).
Barre also had two hits in the game. That would be as close as
the Bearcats would get, however, as Stony Brook held them scoreless
the rest of the way.
The Bearcats were down 6-1 in the top of the seventh inning of
Sunday's nightcap but refused to go quietly, coming up with three
runs. Sophomore pitcher Michelle Weeks (Bunnell, Fla./ Flagler
Palm Coast), Dima and Yerdon each singled home a run and
with two outs and two on, Binghamton trailed by only 6-4. Stony
Brook, however, held on for the win.
went 2-for-3 in the nightcap and drove in a pair of runs.