Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Senior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller tossed her first shutout of the season and freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee drove in a team-best four runs as Binghamton (12-11) gained a split against Syracuse (13-17) in a non-conference softball doubleheader on Thursday afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats lost a 14-10 slugfest before taking the nightcap 8-0 in five innings.
Marsteller scattered four hits and struck out five batters in the second game to raise her record to 5-2. Chaffee, meanwhile, finished the day 4-for-6 with a double and a home run.
“We have talked as a team about not losing two games in a row and our players responded in the second game today,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “Rhoda set the tone in the top of the first inning and we were able to get some runs up early.”
Binghamton continued its torrid hitting, racking up a .377 batting average against the Orange. Freshman designated hitter Tiffany McIntosh finished the day 3-for-4 and drew four walks. Sophomore shortstop Caytlin Friis and junior second baseman Jessica Bump, meanwhile, each finished the doubleheader 3-for-6 with a home run.
In the opener, however, it was Syracuse that pounded out 17 hits. The Orange homered in each of the first four innings to take an 11-5 lead.
After finally holding the Orange scoreless in the top of the fifth inning, the Bearcats started to rally with three runs in the bottom of the frame. Junior third baseman Mikala King had a RBI double and Bump, who homered earlier in the game, came through again with a two-run single.
Riley Johnson padded the Orange’s lead to 13-8 with a two-run double in the top of the sixth inning. Chaffee trimmed the deficit to 13-10 in the bottom of the frame with a two-run homer.
Syracuse got an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning on a RBI single by Corinne Ozanne. The Bearcats then left two runners on base when the game ended.
Stacy Kuwik, who came on to start the fourth inning, improved her record to 8-4 with the win. The loss was tagged to junior pitcher Demi Laney, who is now 4-5.
McIntosh drew all four of her walks in the first game, which sets Binghamton’s Division I era single-game record by a player. The all-time program record of six walks in a game was set by Mary Strong against Hunter College on May 8, 1987. The Bearcats have competed at the NCAA Division I level since 2002 and were a Division III program (known as the Colonials) during the 1987 campaign.
Friis finished the first game 3-for-4, scored three times and belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning.
After Marsteller retired the side in the top of the first inning of the second game, the Bearcat offense went to work. Bump led off the bottom of the first inning with a double and was singled home two batters later by McIntosh. Senior outfielder Jessica Phillips and Chaffee followed with RBI singles. Phillips capped the four-run frame when she scored on a ground out.
After going down in order in the second inning, Binghamton put together another four-run outburst in the bottom of the third inning. Chaffee started off with a RBI single and freshman pinch hitter Griffin McIver stroked a two-run single. Friis then finished the scoring when she reached home on a wild pitch.
Marsteller, meanwhile, got out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the second inning. One inning later, the Orange left a pair of runners on base. Over the final two innings, however, Marsteller retired six of the seven batters she faced.
Lindsey Larkin took the loss, dropping her record to 1-1 on the season.
Bump, who went 1-for-2 with a walk in the second game, now has a career-high eight-game hitting streak
Binghamton heads to UMBC for a three-game America East Conference series this weekend. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. followed by a single game at noon.
(Courtesy: BU Athletics)