Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Junior second baseman Jessica Bump and freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee each drove in four runs, powering Binghamton to a sweep over Maine in an America East softball doubleheader against Maine on Saturday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats won the opener 11-2 in five innings before taking the nightcap with a 5-0 shutout.
Bump finished the afternoon 5-for-6 (.833) with a home run. Chaffee, meanwhile, went 3-for-4 (.750) with two doubles and a grand slam.
Also coming through offensively for Binghamton were junior third baseman Mikala King, who was 3-for-5 (.600) and sophomore shortstop Caytlin Friis, who belted a three-run home run.
As a team, the Bearcats finished the afternoon with a .400 batting average and did not commit an error.
“We played very well today,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “We want to get off to a good start, our hitters did great and we played great defense.”
Freshman first baseman Lisa Cadogan started off the first game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, putting Binghamton up 2-0. It was her team-high seventh home run of the season.
The floodgates opened up in the bottom of the second inning as Binghamton plated eight more runs. Chaffee delivered the big blow with her grand slam and Bump had a two-run single. Senior outfielder Jessica Phillips added a RBI single and freshman designated hitter Tiffany McIntosh drew a bases-loaded walk.
One inning later, Bump made it 11-0 with her fifth home run of the season. Maine was able to prevent the shutout when Jean Stevens belted a two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning. Stevens now has a conference-best 11 home runs this season.
Junior pitcher Demi Laney improved to 6-5 with the win while Hannah Hill dropped to 2-11 with the defeat.
Bump started the scoring in the bottom of the second inning with a RBI single. From there, however, the Bearcats left the bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning and hit into an inning-ending double play one frame later.
Friis gave the Bearcats breathing room with her three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning and Phillips finished the scoring with a RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Senior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller won her seventh straight decision with her second shutout of the season. She scattered five hits and struck out six batters to improve to 7-2 on the season. Beth Spoehr took the loss and is now 3-8.
Bump and King led the Bearcats with two hits each in the second game.
Phillips now has a career-high, nine-game hitting streak while Chaffee has hit safely in the past eight games.
Binghamton and Maine wrap up their weekend series with an 11 a.m. game on Sunday.
NOTE: Chaffee’s grand slam was the Bearcats first since Bump hit one against Hartford on April 1, 2012.