Softball Unable to Hold Off Binghamton in Series Finale, 5-0
BALTIMORE – UMBC softball was unable to hold off the America East’s top offense on Sunday afternoon, as Binghamton completed the series sweep against the Retrievers with a 5-0 victory at the UMBC Softball Stadium.
The Retrievers (8-28, 1-8 AEC) fell for the seventh consecutive contest, while the Bearcats (15-11, 5-1 AEC) won their fourth in a row.
Binghamton jumped on the board early, scoring one run in the top of the first inning. Starting pitcher Heather Brown (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) hit center fielder Sydney Harbaugh with a pitch and the Bearcats followed with a pair of singles to drive home Harbaugh and take the 1-0 lead.
UMBC looked to eliminate the deficit in the bottom of the frame, loading the bases with a single and back-to-back walks, but the Retrievers were unable to cash in as Bearcats starting pitcher Demi Laney fanned the next three UMBC batters to escape the jam.
Binghamton added insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning. Designated player Tiffany McIntosh led things off with a walk, cuing the exit of Brown. A single up the middle from first baseman Lisa Cadogan, followed by a double into left field scored one run for the Bearcats and left runners on second and third. A wild pitch made the contest a three-run ball game and catcher Taylor Chaffee tacked on two more runs with a homer over the left field fence, giving BU a 5-0 advantage.
Laney (5-5) earned the complete game shutout, giving up four hits and striking out eight. Brown (5-12) threw five innings, allowing two earned runs, while Chelsea Bertoglio (Laguna Hills, Calif./Laguna Hills/Saddleback College) tossed the last two and surrendered three runs on five hits in relief.
The Retrievers return to the field on Wednesday, April 10 when they step out of America East action for a single game against local-rival Towson. Game time is set for 3 p.m. at the UMBC Softball Stadium.