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BU Softball Splits UMBC Tournament with Record-Setting Day

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It was a record-setting day for senior outfielder Jessica Rutherford and also one for the Binghamton softball program as a team.

Rutherford became the Bearcats' all-time hit leader as the Bearcats gained a split in the final day of the UMBC Invitational. The Bearcats (5-11) defeated St. Peter's (2-12) 28-4 in their first game but lost 6-3 to Rider (3-14) in the finale.

The 28 runs against the Peacocks is the second-highest total in program history. Binghamton scored 33 runs against Hunter back on May 8, 1987, when it was still competing at the NCAA Division III level.

In addition, Binghamton finished with a program-record 22 hits against St. Peter's. That breaks the all-time record of 19 hits against Geneva back on March 21, 1998.

As for Rutherford, she had four hits in the win against St. Peter's, giving her 192 for her career. That surpasses the previous mark of 190 hits, set by Sydney Harbaugh from 2013-16.

Rutherford was one of three Bearcat players to finish with four hits in the game against St. Peter's. She was joined by freshman outfielder Sarah Benn and senior outfielder Carrie Maniccia. Benn clubbed a pair of solo home runs and scored a team-high five times.

Also against St. Peter's, freshman catcher Hannah Lyons belted a grand slam and drove in six runs. Rutherford and sophomore designated player Kassidy Seary each finished with three RBI.

Binghamton blew the game open with 10 runs in the top of the first inning. Senior second baseman Stephanie Bielec hit a two-run home run and Lyons hit her grand slam during that frame.

Benn's solo homer was the only scoring in the top of the second but the Bearcats tacked on a pair of unearned runs to go up 13-0 in the top of the third inning.

St. Peter's came back with four runs in the bottom of the third inning but Binghamton finished with nine runs in the fourth inning and six runs one inning later. The 10-run rule took effect when the Peacocks were retired in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Sophomore pitcher Rayn Gibson won for the second time in as many starts, upping her record to 2-5. Georgia Verrastro fell to 1-5 with the defeat.

In the game against Rider, however, the Bearcats fell behind 4-0 through two innings. In the top of the third inning, however, they rallied for three runs. Seary had the big hit with a two-run double.
From there, single runs by the Broncs in the third and fourth innings stretched their lead to 6-3.

Elyse Cuttic improved to 2-7 with the victory while sophomore pitcher Rozlyn Price was tagged with the loss, dropping her record to 2-5.

Binghamton had 10 hits against Rider but left eight runners on base.

Senior third baseman Kate Richard finished a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate.

Binghamton heads to Cornell on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. single game.

Courtesy: BU Athletics Department