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Big 5th inning dooms Bearcats in regionals

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HARRISONBURG, Va. – Taylor Newton went 3-for-3 and scored three times, powering No. 17 James Madison (48-8) to a 9-1, five inning win over Binghamton (24-20) in a NCAA Regional softball game on Friday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Field. The Bearcats will now face Fordham in an elimination game on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Binghamton is making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division I softball tournament. The Bearcats won the America East championship last weekend to earn the conference's automatic bid.

Newton scored the opening run of the game when she stole home in the bottom of the second inning. The game was then delayed one hour and 24 minutes due to lightning with the score still 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning.

Junior catcher Lisa Cadogan tied the score at 1-1 when she belted a home run over the right-center field fence. It was her team-high 11th home run of the season.

James Madison answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the same inning. Tahli Toole drove in Newton with the first run. Erica Field added a RBI single later in the frame.

The Dukes then ended the game with six more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Erin Field had a two-run single and Megan Good iced the game with a RBI double.

"We knew James Madison was a very good team coming into the weekend," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "They got some key hits in the last two innings and we were not able to make the plays defensively (during that stretch)."

Good was also the winning pitcher, scattering one run on three hits and striking out five batters to improve her record to 29-2. The loss was tagged to freshman pitcher Sarah Miller, who is now 11-8 on the season.

Ealier in the day, Fordham was defeated 12-5 by N.C. State in the other first-round game. The Wolfpack and Dukes will meet at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the winner's bracket.

Should Binghamton defeat Fordham, they would play the loser of the N.C. State-James Madison game at 7 p.m.

The Bearcats were defeated by Fordham, 6-4 back on March 13 at the N.C. State Invitational.

NOTES: Cadogan extended her single-season program-record RBI total to 53. She went 1-for-2 against James Madison and is now batting .437 this season ... James Madison is ranked No. 17 in the current NFCA Top 25 Poll. The Dukes are the No. 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

(Courtesty: BU Athletics)
(Video Courtesy: JMU Telemedia Productions)