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BU Softball Sweeps DH with Hartford while Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Maine

VESTAL, N.Y. Ė Senior second baseman Jessica Bump homered twice and sophomore first baseman Lisa Cadogan belted a grand slam, leading Binghamton (17-18, 7-3 AE) to a sweep of Hartford (7-24, 1-10 AE) in an America East softball doubleheader on Saturday at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

The Bearcats won the opener 8-0 in five innings and held on to win the second game 9-8.Bump, who finished the day 3-for-5, also scored four runs and had six RBI. Cadogan, meanwhile, was 2-for-5 (.400) and is the first Binghamton player to belt a grand slam since current sophomore catcher Taylor Chaffee against Maine on April 13, 2013.

Sophomore outfielder Sydney Harbaugh hit a team-best .750 (3-for-4) with a home run, drew a pair of walks and scored five times. She now leads the Bearcats with a .340 batting average for the season.
Freshman outfielder Gabby Bracchi went 3-for-7 (.429) during the doubleheader. In the process, she extended her hitting streak to 15 games, which is the longest in program history since Deannie Plemon reeled off a record 17-game hitting streak in April 2010.

On the mound, senior pitcher Demi Laney won both games and finished the day with a 1.27 ERA. She struck out eight batters and issued only one walk.

Bumpís two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning opened the scoring in the first game. One inning later, the Bearcats erupted for five runs, capped off by Cadoganís grand slam.
Harbaugh made it 8-0 with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Laney allowed a leadoff hit in the top of the fifth inning but retired the next three batters to raise her record to 11-5. She now has three solo shutouts this season.Zuzana Kudernatschova fell to 2-9 with the loss.

In the nightcap, Bump picked up where she left off, drilling a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. It marked the second time this season that she has homered in back-to-back games.
Hartford responded with six runs off seven singles in the top of the second inning. The first eight Hawk batters reached base, prompting Laney to enter the game. With Hartford already up 4-3, she was able to retire three of the next four batters to end the inning.

A sacrifice fly by Bump in the bottom of the second inning pulled the Bearcats to within 6-4. The Bearcats tied the game at 6-6 with two more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Harbaugh had a RBI single and sophomore pinch hitter Griffin McIver drew a bases-loaded walk.

Meghan Wynn gave Hartford a 7-6 lead when she scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth inning. In the bottom of the frame, however, freshman third baseman Crysti Eichner singled home a pair of runs, giving the Bearcats an 8-7 edge.

Chaffee padded the lead to 9-7 in the bottom of the fifth inning with a RBI single. Sawyer Fried, however, trimmed the deficit to 9-8 with a two-out RBI double in the top of the sixth inning.

Laney retired the final four batters to preserve the win. Lexi Wilkerson meanwhile,  fell to 3-7 with the loss.
As a team, Binghamton hit .348 against Hartford during the doubleheader.

Binghamton and Hartford conclude their three-game series with a noon game on Sunday.

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VESTAL, NY -- Senior DH Shaun McGraw and sophomore first baseman Reed Gamache drove in two runs apiece and Binghamton baseball (11-19, 5-8 America East) rapped five doubles en route to a 7-1 win over Maine in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Black Bears (14-20, 5-6 AE) took the opener 3-0. The teams will play the rubber game of the three-game series at noon on Sunday.

In Game 2, BU snapped a 1-1 tie with three runs in the third inning and then added three insurance runs in the fifth frame. In the third, senior center fielder Bill Bereszniewicz led off with a single and two batters later, junior left fielder Jake Thomas pulled a single through the right side. With runners on first and third, McGraw then smacked a 2-0 pitch off the wall in left field, scoring Bereszniewicz with the go-ahead run. Gamache followed with a two-run double off the base of the wall in left, making it 4-1.

Two innings later, Thomas walked to open the inning and stole second. McGraw then laced an RBI double inside the third base bag for a 5-1 lead. After Gamache drew a walk, senior shortstop John Howell moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore third baseman David Schanz plated McGraw with a sacrifice fly to right and freshman catcher Eddie Posavec followed by ripping a two-out, 1-2 pitch down the left field line for an RBI double that completed the scoring.

Junior starter Mike Urbanski (W, 3-1) limited Maine to three hits and one run over 4.0 innings. Junior reliever Greg Ostner pitched the final three scoreless innings to record his second save of the season. Urbanski was in trouble in the first inning after giving up a single and walk to start the game. But he induced back-to-back infield pop-ups and a groundout to first to strand two. Urbanski then scattered two hits over his final three frames. Ostner struck out two and only allowed two hits in his outing.

Thomas had an RBI single in the bottom of the first to give BU an early 1-0 lead. It was his team-high 19th run driven in this spring. Maine tied it in the third on a two-out solo home run.

McGraw went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Gamache had two RBI. Thomas went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored and Bereszniewicz went 2-for-3.

In a pitcherís duel in the opener, the Black Bears snapped a scoreless tie in the eighth inning and went on to the 3-0 win. Maine hit a leadoff home run in the eighth and added a run-scoring single. The visitors used a two-out RBI single in the ninth to close out the scoring.

Maine outhit BU 11-6 and received a complete-game outing from reigning America East Pitcher of the Year Tommy Lawrence.
The Bearcats had good scoring chances in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings but came up empty.

In the fifth, BU put runners on first and third with one out but a strikeout and then soft liner to third stranded two baserunners. In the sixth, the Bearcats came within a whisker of taking the lead. Bereszniewicz led off with a bunt single and stole second. One out later, Thomas hit a single through the right side but Bereszniewicz was thrown out by the right fielder in a close play at the plate. After Maine scored twice to take a 2-0 lead, Posavec led off the bottom of the eighth with a double. When senior second baseman Daniel Nevares drew a two-out walk, BU had the tying run on first but a groundout ended the threat.

Junior starter Jack Rogalla (L, 3-5) went 7.2 innings and allowed two runs on nine hits. Freshman reliever Jextin Pugh went the last 1.1 innings.

Posavec (2-for-3) was the lone Bearcat with more than one hit.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Athletic Website)

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