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Binghamton Softball falls to Fordham in doubleheader 10-8 and 10-9

BRONX, N.Y. – Gabby Leuti hit three home runs, including a grand slam, powering Fordham (25-16) to a doubleheader sweep over Binghamton (12-16) in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. The Rams won the first game 10-8 and the nightcap 10-9.

Fordham, which won the Atlantic 10 title last season, has had a history of slugfests against the Bearcats. The Rams last won a 13-10 decision from Binghamton on March 16, 2013 at the James Madison Tournament.

In the opener on Sunday, Leuti belted two of Fordham’s five home runs. Her second one was a three-run shot with the score tied 7-7 in the bottom of the sixth inning. It proved to be the decisive blow of the game.

In the nightcap, the Rams were trailing 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Leuti belted a grand slam. That too would hold up as the game-winning blast.

The Bearcats did plenty of damage of their own offensively, pounding out 23 hits and finishing the doubleheader with a .383 batting average. Sophomore catcher Taylor Chaffee homered twice and drove in a team-best five runs while senior second baseman Jessica Bump went 4-for-8, homered, scored four times and drove in three runs.

Chaffee’s two-run homer in the top of the first inning of the opener highlighted a four-run Bearcat outburst to start the game. The Rams got a run back in the bottom of the second inning and then belted three straight homers in the third inning to tie the game at 5-5. Leuty had the final home run during that blitz.

Binghamton came right back with three runs in the top of the fourth inning to go up 7-5. Freshman outfielder Bridget Hunt doubled in the first run and later scored the final run of the frame when she stole home.
After Leuty’s three-run blast , Chaffee trimmed the deficit to 10-8 when she doubled in Bump in the top of the seventh inning. The Bearcats, however, left the tying run at the plate when the game ended.

Patti Maloney improved to 2-0 with the win while freshman pitcher Annika Wiesinger dropped to 2-7 with the loss.
Binghamton had 13 hits in the first game but hit into a double play in each of the first three innings.

The lead went back and forth during the first three innings of the second game, with the Rams holding a 5-4 lead. Highlighting the Bearcat attack during that stretch was Chaffee, who belted another two-run home run in the top of the first inning.

Sophomore pinch hitter Griffin McIver put the Bearcats up 6-5 in the top of the fourth inning, when she doubled home a pair of runs. Later in the frame, junior shortstop Caytlin Friis made it 7-5 when she scored on a sacrifice fly.

There was no further scoring until Fordham erupted for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, which included Leuty’s grand slam.
The Bearcats refused to go quietly, as Bump belted a two-run home run with one out in the top of the seventh inning, trimming the deficit to 10-9. The Rams, however, got the final two outs of the inning.
Maloney and Wiesinger were also the pitchers of record in the nightcap.

Friis and Hunt both went 3-for-6 (.500) during the doubleheader.
Binghamton returns to conference play with a three-game makeup series at UMass Lowell. The two teams, which were originally supposed to play March 22-23, will have a doubleheader Tuesday at 3 p.m. The series then wraps up with a single game on Wednesday, also at 3 p.m.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Bearcats Athletic Website)

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