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Kate Richatrd's two-run double help the Bearcats beat and sweep Stony Brook.
Softball team sweeps Stony Brook
April 26, 2016Tweet
Sophomore third baseman Kate Richard belted a two-run double, leading Binghamton (26-12, 10-2 AE) to a 3-2 win over Stony Brook (21-21-2, 9-5 AE) in an America East softball game before a facility-record crowd of 531 fans on April 24 at the Bearcats Sports Complex. With the victory, the Bearcats sweep the three-game weekend series from Stony Brook and move into sole possession of second place in the conference.
The Bearcats won the first two games of the series, 12-3 and 6-5.
Richard, who finished the third game 2-for-3, delivered her clutch hit with the game scoreless in the bottom of the fourth inning. There were two outs and the bases were loaded at the time.
One inning later, junior outfielder Gabby Bracchi made it 3-0 when she scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore outfielder Jessica Rutherford. Brachhi was 2-for-2 on the day and reached base all three times she came up to bat.
Stony Brook mounted a rally in the top of the seventh inning. Alexandra Pisciotta smacked a one-out, solo home run over the left field fence, trimming the deficit to 3-1. It was her seventh home run of the season and her second in as many games.
Diane Caruso brought Stony Brook to within 3-2 when she scored on an infield single by Irene Rivera. The Bearcats, however, were able to get the final out to hold on for the victory.
Senior pitcher Cara Martin, who threw the first four innings, improved to 8-3. Sophomore pitcher Sarah Miller tossed the last three innings to nail down her first save of the year.
The loss was tagged to Jane Sallen, whose record fell to 14-12. None of the three runs she gave up were earned.
Bracchi finished the weekend a team-best .571, going 4-for-7 and scoring five times. She also drew three walks and was hit by a pitch, finishing with an on-base percentage of .757.
Sophomore Stephanie Bielec, who was 1-for-3 on Sunday, hit .556 during the series (5-for-9). Richard and senior designated player Griffin McIver each went 4-for-9 (.444).
As a team, the Bearcats hit .432 and finished with a 2.58 ERA.