Immediate Release: May 9, 2004
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Softball splits doubleheader with Stony Brook
Game 1 Box: Stony Brook 4, Binghamton 2
Game 2 Box: Binghamton 7, Stony Brook 3
VESTAL, N.Y.--- Junior first baseman Marybeth Yerdon (Lacona, N.Y./ Sandy Creek) homered twice and senior catcher Jessica Chellis (Tunkhannock, Pa./ Tunkhannock) also hit a home run, leading Binghamton (17-22-2, 7-10-1 AE) to a doubleheader split with Stony Brook (28-30, 12-7 AE) in America East Conference softball action on Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats dropped the first game 4-2 but rallied to win the second game 7-3. With the loss in the first game, however, Binghamton was eliminated from the America East Conference playoff race with one game left to go in the regular season.
In the first game, the Seawolves got all the runs they'd need in the top of the second inning. They drew a pair of bases-loaded walks and got RBI singles from sophomore shortstop Laura Bradford and sophomore third baseman Hayley Durham to go ahead 4-0. Binghamton got a run back in the bottom of the third inning on a solo home run by Yerdon.
The Bearcats rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-out double by sophomore shortstop Rose Barre (Watertown, N.Y./ General Brown). She was singled home by junior left fielder Marisa DeStasio (Bethlehem, Pa./ Freedom) to cut the margin to 4-2. Stony Brook, however, got the final out to secure the win.
Sophomore pitcher Angela Andrews, got the win, improving her record to 18-18. The loss was tagged to sophomore pitcher Katie Hansen (Westtown, N.Y./ Minisink Valley), whose record fell to 9-10 on the season.
In the nightcap, Stony Brook quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, courtesy of a three-run home run by Durham. The Bearcats got a run back in the bottom of the third inning when Chellis singled home DeStasio. Yerdon hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to bring Binghamton to within 3-2.
The key inning, however, was the bottom of the sixth as the Bearcats erupted for five runs. Barre tied the game on a sacrifice fly and one batter later, DeStasio singled home the go ahead run. After the Bearcats stretched the lead to 5-3, Chellis ended the scoring with a two-run home run to left center field. It was her sixth round tripper of the season.
Senior pitcher Michelle Weeks (Bunnell, Fla./ Flagler Palm Coast) got the win, improving her record to 7-10. Freshman Sarah Hoffman took the loss, dropping her record to 10-12.
Binghamton and Stony Brook conclude their series on Sunday at 11 a.m.
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