Bearcats bats lead to series sweep
4/14/2013 (Updated 11:05:49 PM)VESTAL, N.Y. Sophomore shortstop Caytlin Friis drilled a three-run home run for the second consecutive game, powering Binghamton (18-11, 8-1 AE) to an 8-0, six-inning victory over Maine (6-32, 2-7 AE) in an America East softball game on Sunday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With the win, the Bearcats sweep the three-game conference series and have now won seven straight games.
Friis was one of three Binghamton players to record a multiple-RBI game against the Black Bears. Freshman designated hitter Tiffany McIntosh and freshman first baseman Lisa Cadogan each drove in a pair of runs. Cadogan, freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee and junior outfielder Colleen Dougherty each finished with two hits.
Friis ignited a seven-run bottom of the second inning with her three-run blast. She was followed by McIntosh, who belted a two-run double. One batter later, McIntosh scored on a double by Cadogan. Senior outfielder Jessica Phillips capped the scoring with a RBI single.
The Bearcats had a chance to finish off the game in the bottom of the fifth inning but left the winning run on second base. One inning later, Cadogan iced the game on a RBI single.
Junior pitcher Demi Laney pitched the first four inning to improve her record to 7-5 on the second. Senior pitcher Kate Price tossed the final two frames.
The loss was tagged to Hannah Hill, who is now 2-12 on the season. Six of the runs Maine allowed were unearned.
Freshman outfielder Sydney Harbaugh, who scored on Cadogans game-winning hit, stole her 17th base of the season. That sets the Binghamton programs single-season mark during its 13-year Division I era. Harbaugh had been tied with Sandy Meadows, who stole 16 bases during the 2008 campaign. The programs all-time record of 23 stolen bases was set by Michelle Thorton in 1995.
Binghamton finished the weekend with a .378 team batting average against Maine. Chaffee hit a team best .714 (5-for-7) and drew three walks. Junior second baseman Jessica Bump, who drew a pair of walks on Sunday, finished 5-for-8 for the series.
Defensively, the Bearcats held Maine to a .175 batting average during the weekend and did not commit an error. The Black Bears were held scoreless in the final 16 innings of the series.
Binghamton now has seven shutouts this season, including the past two games. The last time the Bearcats recorded back-to-back shutouts was against Boston College (2-0) and Delaware (8-0) on Feb. 17, 2012.
Up next for the Bearcats is a non-conference doubleheader at St. Bonaventure on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
NOTES: Binghamtons current winning streaks is the second longest during the programs Division I era. The Bearcats won eight straight games from March 3-25, 2010 ... Phillips now has a career-best, 10-game hitting streak while Chaffee extended her current hitting streak to a career-best nine games. Chaffee also finished the weekend with a 1.571 slugging percentage and a .800 on-base percentage.
(Courtesy: BU Athletics)
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