Immediate Release: May 7, 2006
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Binghamton softball sends off seniors with 6-3 win over Vermont
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior pitcher Katie Hansen (Westtown, N.Y.) won for the third time in as many games and junior Emilie Palmcrantz (Leksand, Sweden) had a game-high three RBI, leading Binghamton (15-32, 8-13 AE) to a 6-3 triumph over Vermont (15-27, 6-15 AE) in the final softball game of the season for both squads. The Bearcats sweep the three-game weekend series from the Catamounts and end the season with nine wins in their final 15 games.
"This was a great way for the seniors to go out," head coach Holly Brown said. "We played very well this weekend."
Hansen won both her starts against Vermont during the weekend as well as her relief appearance on Saturday. In the game on Sunday, she struck out eight batters in recording her 11th victory of the season.
After tossing 8.2 shutout innings on Saturday, Hansen was finally tagged for a run in the top of the first inning. The Catamounts got three hits in the frame, the last of which was a RBI single by sophomore catcher Whitney Borisenok. From there, however, Hansen retired 10 of the next 11 batters and another 5.1 scoreless innings.
Junior catcher Christina Quijano (Syracuse, N.Y.) tied the game with a RBI double in the bottom of the second inning and scored one batter later on a single by sophomore third baseman Megan Quinn (Temecula, Calif). Sophomore catcher Devin Glezen (Hallstead, N.Y.) led off the bottom of the third inning with her team-high sixth home run of the season, making the score 3-1.
Palmcrantz drew a bases-loaded in th a the fourth walk to make the score 4-1. Two innings later, she came through again, drilled a two run single to give Binghamton a five-run cushion.
Vermont, however, refused to go quietly, as it scored twice in the top of the seventh inning. Freshman pinch hitter Jeannie Connolly belted a RBI double and junior first baseman Kate Ramsey had a RBI single with two outs, cutting the deficit to 6-3.
Hansen, however, retired the final batter to end the game.
NOTES: Senior shortstop Rose Barre (Watertown, N.Y.), who went 1-for-4 in Sunday's game, ended the season with a team-high .370 batting average. That is the highest mark a Binghamton player has recorded since Mollie Lehman hit .376 during the 2000 season, when the squad was still competing on the NCAA Division II level ... Glezen's six home runs in a season ties for the third-best mark in program history, trailing only current senior second baseman Nicole Vitello (Olean, N.Y.), who had seven home runs in both 2004 and 2005.
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