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Sophomore second baseman Jessica Bump went 3-for-6, homered twice and drove in four runs as Binghamton (19-28) split a non-conference softball doubleheader against Cornell (25-22) on Tuesday afternoon at the East Gym Field. The Bearcats lost the first game 4-3 but won the second game 5-1.
Bump hit both of her home runs in the final game. She is the first Binghamton player to hit two home runs in a game since Deannie Plemon did the same against Maine on April 22, 2011. In the past seven games, Bump has homered for times.
Also having a big day at the plate was sophomore first baseman Mikala King, who finished 4-for-5, scored three runs, homered and drove in a pair of runs. In the last five games, she has gone 6-for-14 (.428).
“We hit the ball well today,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “Jessica was very relaxed at the plate day and did a good job waiting for the right pitch to hit.”
Bump and King keyed a three-run first inning in the opening game, which gave the Bearcats an early 3-0 cushion. King drove in the first run and scored one batter later when Bump belted a two-run triple.
Erin Keene pulled the Big Red to within 3-1 when she homered to lead off the top of the third inning. Four batters later, Sam Creamer singled home another run.
Binghamton clung to a one-run lead until Cornell belted two more solo home runs in the top of the sixth inning. Linda Laufer drilled a shot over the right-center field fence with one out to tie the game. With two outs, Kristin Towne broke the tie when her blast cleared the left-center field fence.
After allowing three runs in the first inning, Alyson Onyon finished with six scoreless innings to improve her record to 14-4. Senior pitcher Kristen Emerling took the loss and is now 4-8.
In the second game, Bump opened up the scoring with a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. One inning later, King led off with a double and later scored on a single by sophomore catcher Lisa Cutrona.
Binghamton gained breathing room in the bottom of the fifth inning when Bump and King each belted a solo home run. Freshman shortstop Caitlyn Friis competed the scoring with a solo home run one inning later.
The Big Red loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Sarah McCormick then broke the shutout when she scored on a fielder’s choice. The final two batters, however, struck out to end the game.
Junior Rhoda Marsteller pitched five scoreless innings, scattering just three hits and striking out eight batters. Her record is now 5-8. Lauren Marx was tagged with the loss and is now 6-4.
Binghamton is scheduled to complete its regular season on Sunday at Niagara at 1 p.m.