For Immediate Release: April 24, 2004
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Softball sweeps doubleheader from Vermont 7-3 and 1-0

Game 1 Box: Binghamton 7, Vermont 3
Game 2 Box: Binghamton 1, Vermont 0

VESTAL, N.Y.---Senior catcher Jessica Chellis (Tunkhannock, Pa./ Tunkhannock) belted a pair of home runs and senior pitcher Michelle Weeks (Bunnell, Fla./ Flagler Palm Coast) threw a two-hit shutout, leading Binghamton (16-16-1, 7-5 AE) to a doubleheader sweep over visiting Vermont (5-28, 2-10 AE) in America East Conference softball action on Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats won the first game 7-3 and took the nightcap 1-0.

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning of game one, sophomore second baseman Nicole Vitello (Olean, N.Y./ Olean) and Chellis hit back-to-back solo home runs, giving the Bearcats a 2-1 edge. For Vitello, it was her fourth home runs in six games.

Vermont deadlocked the game at 2-2 in the top of the second inning when senior outfielder Heidi Gebo was hit by a pitch with the bases load. The Bearcats, however, went back on top 4-2 on a two-run single by sophomore shortstop Rose Barre (Watertown, N.Y./ General Brown) in the bottom of the second inning.

The Catamounts kept the offensive fireworks going in the top of the third inning when freshman designated hitter Kate Ramsey led off with a home run. The Bearcats, however, padded the lead when junior outfielder Marisa DeStasio (Bethlehem, Pa./ Freedom) drilled a two-run single in the fourth inning and Chellis belted a solo home run in the fifth inning.

On the mound, sophomore pitcher Katie Hansen (Westtown, N.Y./ Minisink Valley) overcame a rough start in the first three innings to go the distance and improve her record to 9-7 on the season. She retired 12 of the final 14 batters she faced. Senior Kara Massey took the loss for Vermont, dropping her record to 3-14.

In game two, the Bearcats got the only run they'd need in the bottom of the second inning when senior outfielder Chrsitine Sweeney (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./ John Jay) singled home junior first baseman Marybeth Yerdon (Lacona, N.Y./ Sandy Creek). Yerdon and Vitello each had two hits in the nightcap.

As for Weeks, she allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out five batters to improve her record to 6-7 on the season. Freshman Meghan Doonan took the loss as her record fell to 2-11.

PLEASE NOTE: Binghamton and Hartford will conclude their three-game series on Sunday at 11 a.m. The game was originally scheduled to start at noon but will be moved up due to the weather conditions.

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