For Immediate Release: April 9, 2006
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Binghamton softball splits doubleheader against Stony Brook


Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.-- It was a tale of two games for the Binghamton softball team (5-21, 1-5 AE) as it split an America East Conference doubleheader against Stony Brook (17-17, 2-2 AE) on Sunday at the East Gym Complex. The Bearcats took a 14-6 slugfest in the opener but lost the nightcap 13-3. With the split, the Seawolves take two out of three games in the weekend series.

"We have to find a way to stay consistent," head coach Holly Brown said. "Both teams hit the ball very well this weekend but we didn't do as well in the final game. We had good clutch hitting, especially in the first game.

Senior second baseman
Nicole Vitello (Olean, N.Y.) and junior catcher Mia Bieman (Wingham, Ontario) each went 2-for-4 with three RBI in the opening game. Senior shotstop Rose Barre scored three times and drove in two other runs while freshman designated hitter Sandy Meadows (Huachuca City, Ariz) had a team-high three hits.

Bieman drilled a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning, as the Bearcats went up 3-0 after one frame of play. Stony Brook, however, drew to within 3-2 in the top of the second inning on a two-run homer by junior designated hitter Samantha Posey.

In the bottom of the second inning, Vitello singled home a pair of runs and later scored on a double by Bieman, putting the Bearcats ahead 6-2. After the Seawolves closed the gap to 6-4 in the top of the third inning, Binghamton got three more runs in their ensuing at-bat to pull ahead 9-4.

Meadows doubled in a run in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 10-4 but two more Stony Brook runs in the top of the fifth inning narrowed the lead to 10-6.

Barre tripled home a run in the bottom of the fifth inning and later scored on a double by Vitello, increasing the lead to 12-6. Binghamton finished off the game in the sixth inning later with a pair of runs, both of which scored on the same wild pitch.

Stony Brook wasted no time getting started in the second game, posting five runs in the top of the first inning. The big blow was provided by Posey, who drilled a two-out, three-run home run over the center field fence.

Senior right fielder
Lauren Verrusio (New Rochelle, N.Y.) had a RBI single in the bottom of the second inning but Stony Brook got that run back in the top of the third inning on a solo home run by senior first baseman Haley Durham to make the score 6-1.

Durham singled home two more runs in the top of the fifth inning, as the Seawolves scored six times to go up 12-1. The other big hit was a two-out, two-run double by freshman shortstop Molly Kestranek.

Down 13-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Binghamton tried valiantly to extend the game. Barre doubled home Verrusio and later scored on an error. Stony Brook, however, ended the game one batter later.

Binghamton hosts UMBC in a 2 p.m. doublheader on Wednesday.

PLEASE NOTE: The 14 runs in the first game is the most scored by Binghamton since winning 14-6 at Vermont on May 8, 2005.

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