Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
unior outfielder Jessica Phillips score three times and senior third baseman Chelsea Horne drove in four runs, leading Binghamton (9-14) to a doubleheader sweep against Siena (6-11) in non-conference softball action on Tuesday afternoon at the East Gym Field. The Bearcats rallied for a 5-4 win in the opener and held on for a 9-6 victory in the night cap.
Phillips finished the day a perfect 3-for-3 and reached base all six times she came up to bat. Senior outfielder Meghan Tucker and sophomore second baseman Jessica Bump also score three runs while sophomore first baseman Mikala King went 2-for-5, drew three walks and recorded a pair of RBI.
“It was good to get the two wins,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “We had help from a lot of players today.”
The sweep overshadowed a three-home run performance by Siena’s Shannon Jones. She finished the afternoon 4-for-8 and drove in six runs.
In the first game, Bump delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning to finish off a four-run comeback victory for the Bearcats. Scoring on the play was sophomore pinch runner Colleen Dougherty.
Binghamton fell behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning. The big blow was a two-run home run by shortstop Jessica Sandrini. Two innings later, Jones belted a solo home run over the right field fence.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bearcats drew to within 4-1 when King drew a base-loaded walk. One batter later, senior pinch hitter Briana Andrews was hit by a pitch and sophomore outfielder Anna Blessing followed with another bases-loaded walk. Horne then tied the game when her ground out allowed King to slide home safely.
Kristen Emerling came on in relief and pitched 3.1 scoreless innings to get the win. She improved her record to 2-3 while Sandrini, who came on in relief in the seventh inning, dropped to 2-6.
In the nightcap, Binghamton took advantage of three Siena errors to score five unearned runs. The Saints also uncorked two wild pitched and allowed a pair of passed balls.
Jones belted a two-run home run in the top of the first inning to put Siena up 2-0 in the top of the first inning. In the bottom of the frame, however, the Bearcats came back with three runs. Phillips singled in the first run and was followed by King, whose bunt single tied the game. Phillips then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.
One inning later, Binghamton opened up a 7-2 lead. It was Siena throwing error on a sacrifice bunt that allowed the first two Bearcat runs to score. Horne drove in the final two runs on a two-out single to left field.
The Saints got a run back in the top of the third inning on a RBI double by catcher Nastasha Powlowsky. In the top of the fourth inning, Jones belted a three run home run over the left-center field fence, shrinking the deficit to 7-6.
Horne made the score 8-6 in the bottom of the fourth inning when she scored on a passed ball. Her sacrifice fly in the fifth inning allowed Bump to score the final run of the game.
Junior Rhoda Marsteller improved to 3-5 with the win. Kate Price retired the final four batters of the game to collect her third save of the year. Sandrini absorbed the loss in the second game as well.
Binghamton opens up an America East weekend series against Hartford on Saturday at 1 p.m. The two squads will play a doubleheader that day followed by a single game at noon on Sunday.