Softball Splits Doubleheader with Binghamton
ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine softball team (16-17, 7-9 America East) split a doubleheader with visiting Binghamton (20-20, 9-4 AE), winning game two 3-1 after falling in the opener by a score 5-3.
EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.) paced the offense as she went 3-for-6 on the day with a double and a run scored while Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) and Kristen Koslosky (Castro Valley, Calif.) each added two RBI.
Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) picked up Maine's win in the circle after tossing a complete game while giving up just one run on four hits with four strikeouts.
In game two, the Black Bears totaled five hits on their way to a 3-1 victory. Burk came through in the clutch for Maine as she knocked in a pair including an RBI double in the home half of the second.
Binghamton jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after lead-off hitter Sydney Harbaugh reached on a walk, stole second and later scored after a pair of wild pitches. Hill and the Maine defense settled down after the first inning as the Black Bears kept Binghamton off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Maine knotted the score with a run in the bottom of the first. Samantha Ralphs (Lebanon, Ill.) began the Maine half of the inning with a walk before stealing second and later scoring on a double to the gap in left center by Burk.
The Black Bears tacked on a run in the home half of the second when Koslosky singled to right field, allowing Rachel Harvey (Southington, Conn.), who reached base after being hit by a pitch, to score from second.
Maine added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. Felicia Lennon (Brookfield, Conn.) ripped a hit to left field and advanced to third after the ball was mishandled by the Binghamton left fielder. Burk drove in her second run of the game when her ground out to second brought Lennon in the back-door from third, pushing the Maine lead to 3-1, a lead it would not relinquish.
Hill's win moves the senior to 7-4 on the year after she gave up just four hits and one run in the complete game victory with four strikeouts.
Binghamton's Sydney Harbaugh hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh in game one to break a 3-3 tie and eventually give the Bearcats the 5-3 victory.
Fogel led the Maine offense in game one as she tallied two of Maine's four hits while scoring a run.
Binghamton jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second. Lisa Cadogan's RBI double gave the Bearcats a one-run advantage before Cadogan later scored on Caitlyn Friis' two-out double down the left field line.
Maine had an immediate answer as it took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second with a three-run inning. Back to back singles from Fogel and Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) gave Maine runner's at the corners with one out before Shelby Obert (Skowhegan, Maine) reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases. With two away in the inning, Fogel scored on a throwing error when Binghamton's catcher tried to pick her off at third. Koslosky followed with a single to third to score Stevens before Obert scored on a double steal to give Maine a 3-2 advantage.
Binghamton tied the ball game in the top of the third after Harbaugh's lead off triple led to a run after Gabby Bracchi drove her in with a single through the left side.
The game would remain tied until Harbaugh blasted a two-run home run to left field. Binghamton's starter Demi Laney retired the Black Bears in the bottom of the inning to secure the 5-3 victory.
Alexis Bogdanovich (South Portland, Maine) fell to 4-8 on the year after tossing 7.0 innings while giving up five runs on nine hits with nine strikeouts.
Maine and Binghamton close out the series on Sunday with an 11 a.m. first pitch scheduled. The Black Bears will honor their four seniors prior to tomorrow's contest.