Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton’s most successful softball season in nearly two decades came to an end on Friday afternoon with a pair of losses on the second day of the America East Tournament. The Bearcats (30-17) fell 4-2 to top-seeded Albany in the winners’ bracket before being eliminated 9-0 by Stony Brook later in the day. The three-day event, which is being held at the Bearcats Sports Complex, will conclude on Saturday when Albany and Stony Brook meet in the championship round.
“It’s disappointing to end our season like this,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “I told our players that this is something we will learn from for next year. We came out and played well against Albany but we didn’t do a good job in the elimination game.”
In the first game, the Bearcats took a 1-0 lead on a RBI single by Lisa Cadogan in the top of the first inning. The Great Danes, however, tied the score in the bottom of the frame on a RBI single by Annie Johnson.
Kylie Apostolina put Albany up 2-1 with a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning but freshman designated hitter Tiffany McIntosh matched her in the top of the third inning. It was a two-run home run by Charlise Castro in the bottom of the third inning, however, that was the decisive blow of the game.
The Bearcats left two runners on base in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Brittany MacFawn improved to 28-7 with the win while junior pitcher Demi Laney fell to 15-7 with the loss.
Freshman outfielder Sydney Harbaugh and junior second baseman Jessica Bump each finished with a pair of hits. Harbaugh scored on Cadogan’s single in the first inning.
In the elimination game, things unraveled quickly for the Bearcats as the Seawolves scored five time in the top of the first inning. With the Bearcats committing a pair of errors, Stony Brook needed only two hits in that frame. The big blow was a three-run triple by Gina Bianculli.
The Bearcats settled down over the next two innings before Stony Brook plated four more runs in the top of the fourth inning. Olivia Mintun drilled a three-run home run and Shayla Giosa scored the final run on a fielding error.
Allison Cukrov tossed a one-hit shutout to improve to 13-15 on the season. It marked the first and only time that the Bearcats were shut out all season. Laney took the loss again in the elimination game. Six of the Seawolves’ runs were unearned.
Harbaugh led the Bearcats with a .429 average during the tournament, going 3-for-7 at the plate. Bump and senior outfielder Jessica Phillips each finished 3-for-8 (.375). Phillips was the only Bearcat player to hit safely in all three games.
Binghamton finishes the season with their highest win total since recording a program-record 37-8 mark during the 1995 season. In addition, Binghamton’s .293 final team batting average is its highest mark since moving up to the NCAA Division I level in 2002.
(Courtesy: BU Athletics)