For Immediate Release: March 12, 2004
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Bearcats roll to two wins at UMBC Spring Classic

Game 1 Box
Game 2 Box

BALTIMORE, Md. - Binghamton (2-0-1) opened up pool play at the UMBC Spring Classic with a pair of wins on Friday, topping Fordham, 3-2, before handing the host Retrievers a 9-1 setback.

In the opening game, BU plated two runs in the fourth inning and one more in the sixth to stake a 3-0 lead. Fordham blasted a pair of solo home runs in their final at-bat before sophomore pitcher Katie Hansen (Westtown, N.Y.) shut the door to preserve her first win of the season. Hansen scattered five hits in seven innings, striking out five.

In the two-run fourth inning, sophomore second baseman Nicole Vitello (Olean, N.Y.) hit an RBI double, and senior center fielder Jessica Dima (Staten Island, N.Y.) followed with an RBI triple to left center field. Senior right fielder Leigh Ann Savidge (Binghamton, N.Y.) added an RBI single in the sixth inning.

Each team collected five hits in the contest.

In the day's second game, BU pasted America East newcomer UMBC with a 13-hit attack. The nine runs were more than enough for senior pitcher Michelle Weeks (Bunnell, Fla.), who allowed just one hit in seven innings of work. After the Bearcats scored twice in the top of the first, UMBC got one back in the bottom of the inning. But Weeks shut the door for the remaining six innings, picking up her first win of the season.

Dima continued her torrid spring with three doubles and an RBI. She is hitting .555 to open the season. Freshman designated player Chrissy Semon (Clarks Summit, Pa.) went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Freshman third baseman Sara Eppolito (Manlius, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Binghamton will face Maryland-Eastern Shore and St. Francis (N.Y.) in pool play on Saturday before the tournament finals begin on Sunday.


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