VESTAL (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Senior second baseman Jessica Bump homered twice and sophomore first baseman Lisa Cadogan belted a grand slam, leading Binghamton (17-18, 7-3 AE) to a sweep of Hartford (7-24, 1-10 AE) in an America East softball doubleheader on Saturday at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
The Bearcats won the opener 8-0 in five innings and held on to win the second game 9-8.
Bump, who finished the day 3-for-5, also scored four runs and had six RBI. Cadogan, meanwhile, was 2-for-5 (.400) and is the first Binghamton player to belt a grand slam since current sophomore catcher Taylor Chaffee against Maine on April 13, 2013.
Sophomore outfielder Sydney Harbaugh hit a team-best .750 (3-for-4) with a homer run, drew a pair of walks and scored five times. She now leads the Bearcats with a .340 batting average for the season.
On the mound, senior pitcher Demi Laney won both games and finished the day with a 1.27 ERA. She struck out eight batters and issued only one walk.
Bump’s two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning opened the scoring in the first game. One inning later, the Bearcats erupted for five runs, capped off by Cadogan’s grand slam.
Harbaugh made it 8-0 with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Laney allowed a leadoff hit in the top of the fifth inning but retired the next three batters to raise her record to 11-5. She now has three solo shutouts this season.
Zuzana Kudernatschova fell to 2-9 with the loss.
In the nightcap, Bump picked up where she left off, drilling a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. It marked the second time this season that she has homered in back-to-back games.
Hartford responded with six runs off seven singles in the top of the second inning. The first eight Hawk batters reached base, prompting Laney to enter the game. With Hartford already up 4-3, she was able to retire three of the next four batters to end the inning.
A sacrifice fly by Bump in the bottom of the second inning pulled the Bearcats to within 6-4. The Bearcats tied the game at 6-6 with two more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Harbaugh had a RBI single and sophomore pinch hitter Griffin McIver drew a bases-loaded walk.
Meghan Wynn gave Hartford a 7-6 lead when she scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth inning. In the bottom of the frame, however, freshman third baseman Crysti Eichner singled home a pair of runs, giving the Bearcats an 8-7 edge.
Chaffee padded the lead to 9-7 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sawyer Fried, however, trimmed the deficit to 9-8 with a two-out RBI double in the top of the sixth inning.
Laney retired the final four batters to preserve the win. Lexi Wilkerson meanwhile, fell to 3-7 with the loss.
Freshman outfielder Gabby Bracchi went 3-for-7 (.429) during the doubleheader but she was held hitless in the opener. That snapped her career-high, 13-game hitting streak.
As a team, Binghamton hit .348 against Hartford during the doubleheader.
Binghamton and Hartford conclude their three-game series with a noon game on Sunday.
(Courtesy: Binghamton University)