For Immediate Release: April 8, 2009
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Binghamton softball drops two games at UMBC
Teams need 12 innings to decide the first game

UMBC 8, BU 7 (12 inn.)
UMBC 7, BU 3

Baltimore, Md. - Malorie Weller hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning to lead UMBC (24-14, 4-4 AE) over Binghamton (5-22, 0-8 AE) 8-7 in the first game of a mid-week conference doubleheader. UMBC also won the nightcap 7-3.

In the opener, the Bearcats were able to jump out to a 6-0 lead with a five run fourth, highlighted by sophomore Kelly Schuldt's three-run home run. The Bearcats also received clutch RBI singles from junior Stephanie Kolodziejski and sophomore Deannie Plemon in the inning.

UMBC then fought right back in the bottom of the inning, plating five runs to trail the Bearcats 6-5. The Retrievers had five hits in the inning, including three doubles and a two-run home run by Julia Culotta.

In the bottom of the seventh UMBC received a solo shot home run from Lauren Brummell with two outs to tie the game at 6-6 and force extra innings.

Neither team could score until the top of the tenth when sophomore Stephanie DeLuca hit a solo home run to give the Bearcats a 7-6 lead.

UMBC came right back in the bottom of the tenth with a home run of their own by Amanda Fefel to tie the game again.

In the bottom of the 11th UMBC led off with a single and then moved the runner to second on a bunt. The next batter lined out to center field and senior Sandy Meadows was able to double up the runner at second to end the inning.

Weller then hit the sixth and final home run of the game, a walk-off, in the bottom of the 12th for UMBC.

In the nightcap, Alison Duff hit a three-run home run in the fourth to allow UMBC to gain a 4-0 lead.

BU was then able to tack on three quick runs in the fifth to stay in the game. After freshman Colleen Whitaker drew a walk, Plemon hit a home run and then Kolodziejski went back-to-back with a home run of her own to make the score 4-3.

Duff then went deep again in the sixth with a two-run shot to push the lead to 6-3. The Retrievers plated another run on a sacrifice fly in the sixth to end the scoring.

On the day, the teams combined to hit 10 home runs. Plemon was 3-for-7 with three RBI and a double and home run for BU.

Binghamton will next play a single game at Delaware on Thursday.

Notes: The 12-inning game tied the longest that Binghamton had played in their Division I history. This was the third 12-inning game for the Bearcats with the last being a 3-2 win over Hartford on April 20, 2003.

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