Freshman outfielder Sydney Harbaugh already has 16 stolen bases this season, seven shy of the Binghamton University program record.
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Softball team sweeps series at UMBCTweet
Junior pitcher Demi Laney fired a four-hit shutout and freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee drilled a two-run home run, leading Binghamton (15-11, 5-1 AE) to a 5-0 victory at UMBC (8-28, 1-8 AE) in the finale of a three-game America East softball series on April 7 at the UMBC Softball Field. With the victory, the Bearcats finish off the weekend sweep of the Retrievers.
Laney struck out eight batters in recording her fourth shutout of the season. She got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the first inning and retired the final five batters of the game.
Chaffee, meanwhile, delivered her blow during a four-run top of the sixth inning. The Bearcats took a quick 1-0 lead on a RBI single by freshman first baseman Lisa Cadogan in the top of the first inning but were held scoreless over the next four innings.
Senior outfielder Jessica Phillips made it 2-0 with a RBI double in the sixth inning. She scored one batter later on Chaffee’s home run. During Chaffee’s at bat, junior pinch runner Colleen Dougherty scored on a wild pitch.
“I thought Demi pitched a good game today,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “We were having a difficult time pushing runs across early on in the game but stayed focused and finished the weekend well.”
Laney is now 5-5 on the season while Heather Brown fell to 5-12 with the loss.
Cadogan finished the game 3-for-4 while Chaffee and junior third baseman Lisa Cutrona each collected a pair of hits.
The Bearcats opened the series on April 6 by taking the first game 3-2 in nine innings before winning the nightcap, 14-1. Phillips went 3-for-5, drove in three runs and reached base eight times.
Junior third baseman Mikala King and freshman outfielder Sydney Harbaugh each went 4-for-7 during the doubleheader. King and Chaffee each finished with a team-high three RBI.
Harbaugh also finished the day with four stolen bases, given her 16 steals for the season. That ties the program’s Division I era single-season mark, which was set by Sandy Meadows during the 2008 campaign. The all-time program record of 23 stolen bases was set by Michelle Thorton in 1995, back when Binghamton was a NCAA Division III program.
“We started off slow today but played much better as the day went on,” Burrell said. “Overall, I thought it was a really good team effort.”