VESTAL (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Sophomore catcher Taylor Chaffee homered twice and drove in four runs, powering Binghamton (18-18, 8-3 AE) to a 10-3 win over Hartford (7-25, 1-11 AE) in an America East softball game on Sunday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
With the victory, the Bearcats sweep the three-game conference series and have won six of their past seven games.
Chaffee was one of four Binghamton players with a pair of hits. Sophomore first baseman Lisa Cadogan was 2-for-4 with a home run and a pair of RBI while sophomore outfielder Sydney Harbaugh was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI. Junior shortstop Caytlin Friis, meanwhile, finished the day 2-for-3.
In addition, freshman outfielder Gabby Bracchi extended her hitting streak to 16 games with an infield single in the first inning. She now has the second-longest hitting streak in program history, trailing only Deannie Plemon’s 17-game hitting streak in 2010.
Bracchi opened the scoring when she stole home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning. Later in the inning, Cadogan and freshman outfielder Bridget Hunt each belted a RBI double.
Binghamton blew the game open with four more runs in the bottom of the second inning. Harbaugh smacked a two-run triple and two batters later, Chaffee belted a two-run home run.
Amber Andrew, who went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, broke the shutout when she scored on a groundout in the top of the third inning. The Hawks added two more runs in the top of the fourth inning, one of which came on a RBI single by Andrew.
Chaffee and Cadogan gave the Bearcats breathing room when they hit back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Chaffee’s came with a runner on base.
Freshman pitcher Annika Wiesinger improved to 6-9 on the season while Ana Alberti fell to 2-4. Senior pitcher Demi Laney pitched three scoreless innings to record her second save of the season.
Harbaugh, who is now batting a team-high .350 for the season, went 5-for-7 (.714) in the series against Hartford, reached base nine times and scored seven runs. She now has a career-high, 10-game hitting streak.
As a team, the Bearcats hit .378 against the Hawks.
Binghamton hosts Colgate on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in a non-conference doubleheader.
NOTES: The last time Binghamton hit back-to-back home runs also came against Hartford on March 31, 2012. Current senior second baseman Jessica Bump and Chelsey Locatell did the honors in a game that was also played on Easter Sunday … Chaffee, who leads the team with nine home runs and 32 RBI, now has a pair of games this season in which she has hit two home runs. The first time came against UMBC back on April 6.
(Courtesy: Binghamton University)