Release: April 2, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton softball team (14-8, 2-3 AE) split a pair of conference games with UMBC (16-13, 1-4 AE) on Friday at the East Gym Field. UMBC won the opener 6-1 before Binghamton claimed the nightcap 10-5.
"I thought we were really tense at the plate and on defense in the first game," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "But the team did a good job of relaxing and going after every inning in the second game."
UMBC 6, Binghamton 1
The difference in the first game was a four-run fourth inning by UMBC. The Retrievers were able to prolong the inning on a BU fielding error, and garnered all four runs after the Bearcats had recorded two outs in the frame. Amanda Page's two-run double pushed UMBC out to a 4-0 lead.
Binghamton was unable to get on the board until the seventh inning when sophomore Briana Andrews hit a solo home run.
UMBC's Stephanie Weigman earned the win, pitching a complete game, giving up four hits, one run, and struck out 12 batters. Tucker was 2-for-3 in the game.
Binghamton 10, UMBC 5
The Bearcats responded from the loss earlier in the day to pounce on UMBC's pitching, and post a season-high 10 runs on the board.
Binghamton attacked early with three runs each in the first, second and fourth innings.
Plemon hit a two-run double in the second and DeLuca added another RBI as BU jumped out to a 6-1 lead. The Retrievers made it interesting with a four-run fourth to close within 6-5, with Emily Thompson hitting a three-run homer with two outs to key the rally.
However, Binghamton scored three more times in the bottom of the frame to put the game out of reach. Senior Stephanie Valencia led the inning off with a double and DeLuca hit a two-run home run to extend the advantage to 9-5. BU would score their final run in the fifth when Phillips hit an RBI double.
In the second game, Tucker was 3-for-3, DeLuca was 3-for-4 with four RBI, Plemon was 2-for-4 with three RBI and Phillips 2-for-4 with two doubles.
Binghamton and UMBC will close out the series at the East Gym Field on Saturday at noon.
Note: With their 14th win, the 2010 Bearcats double the win total of the 2009 team at roughly the mid-way point of the season schedule.
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