Bearcats drop America East Tournament opener

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Bearcats drop America East Tournament opener

May 9, 2014 Updated May 9, 2014 at 12:01 AM EDT

Stony Brook, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Alexa Toole and Charlene Castro each clubbed a two-run home run, leading Albany (30-10) to an 8-7 win over Binghamton (21-24) in an America East Tournament first-round game at University Field on Thursday afternoon. The Bearcats now face UMBC at 1:30 p.m. on Friday in an elimination game while the Great Danes move into the winners’ bracket to meet Stony Brook at 11 a.m. The Seawolves defeated the Retrievers 16-1 in five innings.

The loss overshadowed a historic performance by freshman designated hitter Bridget Hunt, who became the first player in program history to hit for the cycle. In addition, she is first Binghamton player to record a four-hit game since current junior Caytlin Friis and current senior Mikala King both did so against Delaware on Feb. 17, 2012.

The Bearcats nearly came back from an 8-4 deficit with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. First, Hunt tripled home a pair of runs. She was then singled home one batter latter by freshman third baseman Crysti Eichner. The game ended one batter later on a line out.

With the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning, the Great Danes clubbed three home runs and scored five times. Kelly Costello led off the frame with a home run while Toole and Castro followed with their two-run shots.

Senior second baseman Jessica Bump trimmed the deficit to 6-3 with a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning. One inning later, Hunt doubled home sophomore first baseman Lisa Cadogan.

The Great Danes tacked on a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Vicky McFarland and Maggie Cocks both had RBI singles.

Brittany MacFawn improved to 17-5 while senior pitcher Demi Laney fell to 13-11 with the loss.

(Courtesy: Binghamton University Athletics)

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