Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Lauren Alcorn hit a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning, leading Albany (35-13, 15-2 AE) to a 2-1 win over Binghamton (29-14, 14-4 AE) in an America East softball game on Sunday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Great Danes clinch the conference’s regular-season title with the victory while the Bearcats settle for the No. 2 seed.
Binghamton has already been selected to host the four-team conference tournament, which runs this coming Thursday through Saturday. The Bearcats first-round opponent in the double-elimination event will be Hartford on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Albany squares off against Stony Brook at 1 p.m. in the other first-round game.
On Sunday, junior second baseman Jessica Bump broke a scoreless tie with her team-high 10th home run of the season in the bottom of the fourth inning. Albany pitcher Brittany MacFawn had held the Bearcats scoreless up until that point.
Binghamton starting pitcher Demi Laney held the Great Danes scoreless through the first 5.1 innings. With two outs in the top of the sixth inning however, Charlise Castro reached on a single to left field. One batter later, Alcorn delivered her decisive blow, which landed just inside the left field foul pole.
MacFawn improved to 26-7. She held the Bearcats to just two hits, struck out 10 batters and did not issue a walk. Laney’s record drops to 15-6.
“I thought we played really well defensively,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “Unfortunately, we just did not put together good at-bats today. We will look to make an adjustment and have a better approach in the box for the tournament.”
(Courtesy: BU Athletics)