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Extra inning walk-off lifts Bearcats to playoff berth

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VESTAL, N.Y. – Junior first baseman Taylor Chaffee drilled a three-run home run and junior catcher Lisa Cadogan drove in a pair of runs, leading Binghamton (19-18, 9-6 AE) to a split against Maine (21-19, 10-6 AE) in an America East softball doubleheader on Friday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex Softball Facility. The Bearcats lost the first game 9-0 but won the finale 5-4 in 10 innings to clinch their fourth trip to the America East Tournament in five seasons.

Cadogan's two RBI in the second game gives her 46 RBI for the season. That breaks Deannie Plemon's 2010 single-season program record of 46 RBI. Her final RBI was a single in the bottom of the 10th inning that scored freshman outfielder Jessica Rutherford from second base.

The Bearcats were trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning of the nightcap when Chaffee drilled her home run over the center field fence. It was her seventh homer of the season.

Maine came back with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth inning to reclaim the lead. Kristen Koslosky led off with a triple and scored one batter later on a fielder's choice by Jessica Burk. Two batters later, Burk scored on a double by EmJ Fogel.

Cadogan tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning on an infield single, setting the stage for the next four and a half scoreless innings.

Junior Cara Martin, who came on in relief in the fifth inning, improved to 10-4 with the win. She allowed just one hit over the remaining 5.2 innings. The loss was tagged to Alexis Bogadanovich, who is now 14-7.

The 10-inning game was the longest the Bearcats have played since they lost 3-2 up at Maine on April 27, 2014.

In the opener, however, Bogdanovich held the Bearcats to just four hits. She came into the game with a conference-best 1.58 ERA and struck out seven batters and did not issue a walk.

The Black Bears blew the game open in the top of the first inning on a three-run home run by Janelle Bouchard. One inning later, Koslosky was at the center of the key play of the game. She singled with the bases loaded but due to an error, she and the two other runners all came around to score, putting Maine ahead 7-0.

Sophomore pitcher Shelby Donhauser took the loss in the first game, dropping her record to 2-7.

Rutherford went 4-for-7 to hit a team-best .571 during the doubleheader. Cadogan was 3-for-7 (.429) while Chaffee was 2-for-5 (.400).

Binghamton and Maine conclude their series on Saturday at noon. The Bearcats can finish anywhere from second to fourth in the final conference standings.

NOTES: The America East Tournament will take place May 7-9 at Stony Brook. The Seawolves have clinched the No. 1 seed and will therefore serve at the host team.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)