For Immediate Release: March 21, 2009
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Binghamton softball loses two on first day of UMBC Spring Classic

St. Francis (Pa.) 3, Binghamton 2 (8 innings)
Siena 7, Binghamton 2

Baltimore, Md. - Binghamton (2-8) dropped two games on the first day of UMBC's Spring Classic on Saturday, losing to St. Francis (Pa.) 3-2 in eight innings and losing to Siena 7-2. Binghamton will play three more games on Sunday to close out the tournament.

The Bearcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first against St. Francis (11-15) when freshman Meghan Tucker knocked in junior Shannon McLeese on an RBI single to center field.

St. Francis tied the game in the third 1-1 when junior Jamie Dixon hit a solo home run to left field. The game remained knotted at 1-1 through the seventh, forcing extra innings and the use of the international tiebreaker.

Senior Sandy Meadows scored the go-ahead run on a Nicole Constantatos single in the top of the eight but St. Francis put two runs across in the bottom of the eight on back-to-back errors by the Bearcat defense.

Tucker pitched 7.1 innings and only allowed one earn run for the loss for Binghamton. Freshman Megan Layne earned the win on the mound for St. Francis, striking out 13 batters in eight innings of work.

Binghamton lost its sixth straight game of the season when they fell to Siena (3-8) in the second game of the day 7-2. Siena led 2-1 entering the sixth but plated five runs in the last two innings to extend their lead.

Sophomore Olivia Calcagnini and freshman Jen Duell each had two hits for the Saints.

Meadows and sophomore Deannie Plemon each had three hits for the Bearcats, but the team could only muster two runs.

Meadows and Calcagnini each homered in the game.

The Bearcats will play Niagara, UMBC and Robert Morris tomorrow in a rare tripleheader.

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