Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Freshman shortstop Caitlyn Friis drilled a three-run home run in the first game and senior pitcher Kristen Emerling allowed only four hits in the nightcap, leading Binghamton (14-17, 5-3 AE) to a sweep over UMBC (17-18, 1-4 AE) in an America East Conference softball doubleheader on Friday afternoon at the East Gym Field. The Bearcats won the opener 5-1 and took the second game 6-1.
The Bearcat pitching staff was solid in both games. Sophomore Demi Laney struck out a career-high 11 batters and allowed only two in the first 5.2 of the opener. Junior Kate Price came on and tossed 1.1 scoreless innings to finish the game. As for Emerling, she went the distance, striking out seven batters and issuing just a pair of walks.
"I thought we pitcher really well today," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "These were big wins for us and we also played good defense and got key hits when we had to."
The key hit of the opener was Friis' two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the second inning, putting the Bearcats ahead 3-0. UMBC got a run back in the top of the next inning, courtesy of a solo home run by Jessica Warner.
Friis put Binghamton ahead 4-1 when she scored on an a error in the bottom of the fifth inning. Later in the same frame, senior designated hitter Chelsea Horne doubled home senior outfielder Meghan Tucker to complete the scoring.
Laney is now 5-5 while Katie Ferguson's record fell to 8-7.
Junior outfielder Jessica Phillips opened the scoring in the second game when she led off the bottom of the first inning with her team-high seventh home run of the season. Senior outfielder Briana Andrews made it 3-0 with a two-run double in the bottom of the third inning.
The wheels came off for the Retrievers in the bottom of the fourth inning, as two miscues led to three more Binghamton runs. The Bearcats drew two walks and did not have a hit the entire frame.
Warner broke the shutout with a RBI double in the top of the fifth inning. She finished the day 5-for-6 with two doubles and a home run.
Emerling is now 4-4 while Heather Brown took the loss and is now 6-7.
Andrews finished the afternoon 3-for-5 while Friis was 2-for-5. Binghamton did not commit an error during the doubleheader.
Binghamton and UMBC concluded their three-game series on Saturday at noon.