Softball sweeps three games at Radford InvitationalTweet
Junior second baseman Jessica Bump and freshman first baseman Lisa Cadogan each homered twice, powering Binghamton (9-9) to three straight victories at the Radford Invitational on March 23 in Virginia. After beating the host Highlanders 16-6 in the opener, the Bearcats blanked Kent State (9-11) 8-0 and held on to defeat Radford (8-17) again 5-4. With the victories, Binghamton has now won seven of its past nine games.
Bump finished the day 6-for-11 (.545), scored eight times and drove in seven runs. She scored four times and tied her career high with five RBI in the first game against Radford.
Cadogan, meanwhile, went 4-for-9 and drove in six runs. She now leads the Bearcats with six home runs and has a team-high 10-game hitting streak. In the process, Cadogan is the first Binghamton player to reel off a 10-game hitting streak since Deannie Plemon set the school record with a 17-game hitting streak in 2010.
As a team, the Bearcats hit a collective .407 over the three games. Freshman outfielder Sydney Harbaugh finished 5-for-11 (.455), junior third baseman Mikala King was 4-for-9 (.444) and sophomore shortstop Caytlin Friis went 3-for-7 (.429) with a pair of walks.
On the mound, junior Demi Laney pitched a complete-game shutout against Kent State and allowed only an unearned run in the second game against Radford. She finished the day with eight strikeouts and scattered only four hits.
“I thought we worked together today and had a great team effort,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “Demi had a great start against Kent State and I thought our hitters were confident at the plate all day.”
The 16 runs in the first game against Radford represent the Bearcats’ highest total in a game since they defeated Niagara 16-0 on March 11, 2007. Binghamton also had 14 hits in the first game, their highest total since its 14-hit performance against Delaware on Feb. 17, 2012.
It was Cadogan’s two-run homer in the top of the first inning that gave the Bearcats a quick 2-0 lead over the Highlanders. Emily Naegele, however, tied the score at 2-2 with a two-run home run in the bottom the first inning.
Bump put Binghamton up 4-2 in the top of the second inning on a two-run single. The Bearcats then tacked on another run that frame on a throwing error.
The floodgates opened up in the top of the fourth inning as Binghamton reeled off eight runs to go up 13-2. Cadogan drove in a run on a sacrifice fly and freshman pinch hitter Savonna Connolly had a two-run single. King and Harbaugh both singled home a run while Friis and freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee each drew a bases-loaded walk.
Radford stayed alive in the bottom of the fifth inning with four runs but Bump responded with a three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning. Senior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller then held the Highlanders scoreless in the bottom of the frame to record the complete-game victory.
Marsteller is now 3-2 while Rachel Walters drops to 5-6.
Against Kent State, Bump broke open a scoreless tie with a RBI double in the bottom of the third inning. Two batters later, she scored on a two-run home run by freshman designated hitter Tiffany McIntosh.
Senior outfielder Jessica Phillips scored on a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it 4-0. One inning later, McIntosh and King had RBI singles, padding the lead to 6-0.
Bump and junior outfielder Colleen Dougherty sealed the win in the bottom of the sixth inning when they both scored on a Kent State throwing error.
Laney recorded her fourth career shutout and in the process, raised her record to 3-3.. Alyssa Frankenfeld took the loss, dropping her record to 0-1.
In the finale against Radford, it was a solo home run by Friis in the bottom of the sixth inning that broke a 4-4 tie and put the Bearcats ahead to stay.
It looked as if the Bearcats would cruise to another win as they took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Bump led off with a home run and Cadogan smacked a three-run home run.
After plating a run in the top of the third inning, Radford scored three times to tied the game in the top of the fifth inning. Becky Mantel pulled the Highlanders to within 4-2 on a RBI double and scored three batters later on a sacrifice bunt. Naegele tied the game one batter later on a RBI single by Jessica Agee.
Following Friis’ home run, the Highlanders threatened in the top of the seventh inning but left two runners on base when the game ended.
Senior pitcher Kate Price improved to 3-4 with the win.