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Kate Richard's first-inning grand slam helped the Bearcats defeat Albany, 11-6, on April 19, in front of a record-setting crowd at the Bearcats Sports Complex Softball Facility.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Richard, Rutherford power Bearcats
April 20, 2015Tweet
Freshman third baseman Kate Richard and freshman outfielder Jessica Rutherford each drove in four runs, powering Binghamton (14-16, 5-5 AE) to an 11-6 win over Albany (23-11, 6-3 AE) in an America East softball game on April 19 at the Bearcats Sports Complex Softball Facility. With the victory, the Bearcats avoid being swept in the three-game weekend series.
Richard keyed a five-run bottom of the first inning with her first career grand slam. The Bearcats had been trailing 3-1 up to that point. Rutherford, however, drew a bases-loaded walk one batter earlier.
One inning later, Rutherford drilled a three-run triple, putting the Bearcats up 8-3.
The Great Danes, however, hit four home runs during the game. Vicky McFarland led off the game with a home run and Maggie Cocks hit a two-run shot in the same frame. In the top of the third inning, Kelly Costello led off with a home run, pulling Albany to within 8-4.
Sophomore outfielder Gabby Bracchi scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third inning but a two-run home run by Jess Tate in the top of the sixth inning trimmed the deficit to 9-6.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Bearcats plated a pair of unearned runs to give them breathing room. Freshman pinch runner Jill Bovitt scored on a throwing error and junior outfielder Sydney Harbaugh later scored on a sacrifice bunt.
Junior pitcher Cara Martin, who came on in relief in the fourth inning, improved to 7-4 with the win. Devin Durando, who was knocked out of the game following Rutherford’s triple, fell to 11-3.
Freshman second baseman Stephanie Bielec went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs. Harbaugh was 1-for-3 with a walk and also scored a pair of runs.
As a team, Binghamton hit .338 during the series against Albany. Junior Lisa Cadogan was a team-best 4-for-7 (.571) and finished with four RBI. For the season, she is hitting a team-best .415 with eight home runs and 37 RBI. Bielec was 5-for-10 (.500) while Harbaugh was 4-for-8 and scored five runs.
Up next for Binghamton is a doubleheader at Colgate at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
NOTE: The attendance of 377 was a record for the Bearcats Sports Complex Softball Facility. This is the third year since since it opened.