Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton allowed one run and and reeled off 18 hits in a 4-1, 4-0 sweep against St. Bonaventure in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at the East Gym Field.
Offensively, the Bearcats got 3-for-6 performances by sophomore second baseman Jessica Bump, sophomore catcher Lisa Cutrona and junior outfielder Jessica Phillips. Bump and Phillips each drilled a solo home run. In addition, sophomore pinch hitter Chelsey Locatell homered and doubled in a run in her two at bats.
On the mound, meanwhile, the trio of sophomore pitcher Demi Laney and junior pitchers Kate Price and Rhoda Marsteller held the Bonnies to a .157 batting average over the two games. Laney went the distance in the first game while Price and Marsteller shared the shutout in the nightcap.
“I was really pleased with our pitching today,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “All three of them did very well. We also did a good job at getting runs late in both games and Chelsey had two big hits for us.”
Binghamton broke open the scoring in the opener when senior designated hitter Chelsea Horne drove home sophomore outfielder Colleen Dougherty with an infield single. Phillips made it 2-0 with a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Bump and Locatell each hit a solo homer one inning later, giving the Bearcats two insurance runs.
Laney, meanwhile, just missed recording her second shutout of the week, allowing a two-out home run to Hali Enderby in the top of the seventh inning. For the game, she scattered one run on four hits and struck out 11 batters, raising her record to 8-9. The loss was tagged to Jen Sansano, who is now 11-10.
Phillips led off the bottom of the fourth inning of the second game with her team-high 11th home run of the year, which put the Bearcats up 1-0 . Locatell doubled in a run one frame later and Cutrona doubled home the final two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Price tossed three scoreless innings to start the nightcap, allowing two hits and striking out four batters. Marsteller, who improved to 4-8 with the win, pitched the final four innings, also allowing a pair of hits and striking out three batters.
Binghamton hosts the Big Red on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.