Binghamton softball comes from behind to beat Hartford in America East Tournament

Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 2:37 PM EDT
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VESTAL, N.Y. (WBNG) - The Binghamton softball team began the 2022 America East Conference tournament with a 5-3 win over Hartford, scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth to finish a three-run comeback.

Chloe Morgan, whose three hits tied her career-high, capped a three-run bottom of the sixth inning that propelled the Bearcats to the come-from-behind win. Binghamton entered the frame down 3-2 but freshman outfielder Alayna Harbaugh tied the game by drawing a bases-loaded walk. Morgan then followed with a two-run single that put the Bearcats ahead to stay.

The Bearcats were down 3-0 in the top of the fourth inning but senior pitcher Sophia Pappas did not allow a run over the 4.0 innings in a relief role. She struck out a career-high six batters and improved her record to 3-1.

“We play well under pressure and I think that showed today,” head coach Jess Bump said. “So when we get down, we know we have the ability to come back and score runs.”

The Hawks used the long ball to build their early 3-0 lead. Following an RBI single by Jordan Nastos in the top of the first inning, they got solo home runs by Haley Cassidy (third inning) and Julianna Kocenski (fourth inning).

The Bearcats trimmed the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Freshman outfielder Sarah Rende drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly and senior infielder Makayla Alvarez followed with an RBI double.

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