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BU Softball splits pair with Bonnies

OLEAN, N.Y.Junior second baseman Jessica Bump scored four runs while senior outfielder Jessica Phillips drove in four runs as Binghamton (19-12) managed a split at St. Bonaventure (6-32) in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at McGraw-Jennings Field. The Bearcats took the opener 7-3 but were undone by a season-high six errors in losing the nightcap 10-8.

Bump, who finished the day 4-for-8 (.500), homered and drove in three runs. She finished with six total bases in the first game and finished the doubleheader with a 1.000 slugging percentage.
Phillips, meanwhile, went 3-for-7 (.421) and also hit a home run. In the process, she extended her career-best hitting streak to 12 games. Phillips also now has 170 career hits, which ties Mollie Lehman (1997-00) for first all time in program history.

Junior third baseman Mikala King was 3-for-6 (.500) while junior outfielder Colleen Dougherty and freshman first baseman Lisa Cadogan each went 3-for-7 (.429). As a team, the Bearcats hit a collective .350 in the two games.

In the opener, Bump was the catalyst in Binghamton taking a 7-0 lead after four innings. She scored on a sacrifice fly in the first inning and on a groundout in the third inning. It was her three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning, however, that proved to be the biggest blow of the game.

Freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee, meanwhile, belted a solo home run in the top of the second inning. In the process, she extended her current hitting streak to a career-best 10 game. She would be held hitless, however, in her only at-bat in the second game.
Lindsay Stowell pulled the Bonnies to within 7-2 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. One frame later, Grace Rooney scored on a passed ball.

Junior pitcher Demi Laney improved her record to 8-5 with the win. Carly Bilchak fell to 4-12 with the loss.

Phillips put the Bearcats up 3-0 in the top of the first inning of the nightcap with her program-best 43rd career home run. In the bottom of the frame, however, Binghamton committed three miscues as St. Bonaventure pulled to within 3-2. Two innings later, the Bearcats again committed three errors, leading to four more St. Bonaventure runs.

Cadogan tied the game with a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning. Two batters later, Phillips scored on a single by freshman pinch hitter Griffin McIver, putting Binghamton ahead 7-6.

In the bottom of the same inning, however, the Bonnies erupted for four runs on five hits to take a 10-7 lead. Laurie Waite drilled a two-run home run and Ashley Snider added a two-run triple.
The Bearcats got a run back in the top of the seventh inning when Phillips scored on a sacrifice fly. The tying run, however, was left on first base when the game ended.

Alexis Sloat got the win to improve to 2-7 on the season. The loss was tagged to senior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller, who is now 7-3.

(Courtesy Binghamton Athletics)

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