VESTAL, N.Y. – After a week off from America East play, the UMBC softball team dropped both games of a doubleheader at Binghamton Friday afternoon at East Gym Field. The Bearcats took the first game, 5-1, in large part thanks to a three-run homerun by Caitlyn Friis, and then swept the day with a 6-1 win in the second game.
With the two losses, UMBC falls to 17-18 overall this season and 1-4 in America East play.
Senior Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC) took the loss for the Retrievers in the first game after giving up five runs, only three of them earned, on five hits. The right-hander struck out four batters but issued three walks.
Binghamton sophomore Demi Laney picked up the win after striking out a career-high 11 batters.
After a scoreless first inning, Binghamton cracked the tie in a big way as Friis hit her third homerun of the year to give the Bearcats a 3-0 lead. UMBC responded right away however, as sophomore Jessica Warner (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) led off the top of the third with her ninth homerun of the year.
Laney shutdown the Retrievers after that, limiting them to three hits while the Bearcats scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to provide the final four-run margin.
In game two, Binghamton took advantage of five UMBC errors, scoring all six runs in the first four innings to pick up the sweep.
Warner got UMBC on the board with an RBI double in the fifth which brought around senior Ashley Carver (Swoyersville, Pa./Wyoming Valley West) who had pinch run for freshman Kayla Margentino (Unionville, Conn.Farmington).
Junior Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) was charged with the loss after giving up six runs, though only two were earned, in 3.1 innings of work.
The Retrievers and Bearcats conclude their three-game series today with a single game scheduled for 12 p.m.