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Bearcats Softball season comes to a close after 8-0 loss to Fordham

HARRISONBURG, Va. – Lindsay Maher drove in four runs, leading Fordham (37-19) to an 8-0, five-inning win over Binghamton (24-21) in a NCAA Regional softball elimination game on Saturday afternoon at Veterans Alumni Field. The loss concludes the Bearcats' first-ever trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament.

Maher broke open the scoring with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. She then had a two-run single as part of a four-run fourth inning. On the day, Maher went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and scored twice.

The Bearcats started off the game with a double by junior outfielder Sydney Harbaugh. Her hit was followed by an 18-minute rain delay and when play resumed, the Rams eventually got out of the inning with a double play.

Rachel Gillen held the Bearcats to two hits while striking out six batters and issuing only one walk. Her record is now 24-8. The loss was tagged to freshman pitcher Sarah Miller, dropping her record to 11-9.

The Bearcats fell into the elimination bracket after losing to James Madison 9-1 on Friday afternoon in the opening round of the double-elimination regional.

"It's disappointing because we wanted to come down here and do more than just enjoy our first trip to the tournament," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "We wanted to compete and win some games but we fell apart late in the game today."

Harbaugh finished the weekend 2-for-4 (.500).

Binghamton earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament by winning the America East Tournament last weekend. The Bearcats will lose only one player to graduation heading into next season.

"We took a big step forward as a program this season by getting to the NCAA Tournament," Burrell said. "We lose only one senior so there is a lot our team can take from this weekend into next season."

(Courtesy: Binghamton University Athletics)