Softball team off to best start in 10-year Division I era
March 15, 2011Tweet
Sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips and senior catcher Deannie Plemon each drove in a pair of runs as Binghamton (6-3) gained a split in the final day of the George Mason Softball Tournament on March 6, in Fairfax, Va. The Bearcats downed Cornell (2-4) 2-1 in eight innings, but later lost 5-4 in nine innings to the host Patriots (7-5).
Having gone 4-1 over the weekend, Binghamton is off to its best start during its 10-year NCAA Division I era. The Bearcats went 5-3-1 through nine games of the 2004 season.
Phillips doubled home sophomore outfielder Shannon Kane in the top of the first inning, but Kristin Towne tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The game went into the top of the eighth inning, when Phillips grounded out but her hit enabled freshman shortstop Jessica Bump to score the go-ahead run. The Big Red was unable to tie the game in the bottom of the frame.
Junior pitcher Kristen Emerling went the first four innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out six batters. The win, however, went to sophomore pitcher Kate Price, who threw four scoreless innings and allowed only one hit. Her record improved to 1-0 while Elizabeth Dalrymple of Cornell went the distance and her record fell to 1-2.
Kane finished 2-for-4 in the first game.
Plemon, meanwhile, singled home a run in the bottom of the first inning and had a RBI double two innings later as Binghamton took a 2-0 lead against George Mason in the second game. Freshman pinch hitter Mikala King made it 3-0 on a RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Patriots tied the game in the top of the sixth inning. Megan Blank belted a two-run triple and later scored on a single by Stephanie Strother.
In the bottom of the frame, the Bearcats took the lead back on a RBI single by Bump. George Mason then forced extra innings when Rachael Davies singled home the tying run in the top of the seventh inning.
It was Davies who scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning on a base hit by Emily Lafferty. Binghamton left the tying run at first base when the game ended.
Stephanie Maher, who pitched the final five innings, improved her record to a perfect 3-0. Price got tagged with the loss and is now 1-1.
Bump was 2-for-4 in the second game, scoring twice with one RBI.