Immediate Release: April 24, 2007
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Binghamton softball beats UMBC 8-7 in eight innings
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Sophomore second baseman Patty Egan (Sierra Vista, Ariz.) singled home the winning run with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, leading Binghamton (6-25, 2-12 AE) to an 8-7 walkoff win over UMBC (26-14, 9-6 AE) in an America East Conference softball game on Tuesday afternoon at the East Gym Complex. The win is the Bearcats' first over the Retrievers in three tries this season.
Egan's clutch hit drove in sophomore outfielder Sandy Meadows (Buena, Ariz.) from second base. Meadows drew a one-out walk and stole second base during Egan's at-bat.
Earlier in the game, the Bearcats rallied from a 5-0 first-inning deficit to deadlock the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Senior outfielder Sara Eppolito (Manlius, N.Y.) drew a bases-loaded walk to cap a three-run second inning and tied the game in the fourth inning with a two-out single.
Senior pinch runner Heather Bennett put UMBC up 6-5 in the top of the fifth inning when she scored a throwing error. Meadows, however, tied the game in the bottom of the frame by scoring on a fielder's choice. Two batters later, junior pinch hitter Megan Quinn (Temecula, Calif.) drew a bases-loaded walk, giving Binghamton a 7-6 edge.
In the top of the sixth inning, senior first baseman Melanie Denischuk tied the game at 7-7 with a one-out single. The Retrievers, however, stranded a pair of runners in both the sixth and seventh innings.
Binghamton had a chance to win in regulation but left the winning run on third base in the bottom of the seventh inning. A scoreless top of the eighth inning, however, set the stage for Egan's heroics.
Sophomore pitcher Cyrilla Suker (Vooreheesville, N.Y.), who pitched four innings in relief, scattered one run on three hits and struck out eight batters to record her fourth win of the season. Two of her strikeouts came in the top of the eighth inning.
Meadows finished the game 2-for-4 and scored three runs . Eppolito had a game-high three RBI and Egan drove in a pair of runs.
Sophomore Krista Kearns, who started the game as the designated hitter, pitched the last three innings and was tagged with the loss. At the plate, however, she had a game-high three hits.
Binghamton heads to Vermont for a three-game weekend series, starting with a noon doubleheader on Saturday.
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