April 22, 2004
VESTAL, N.Y.- The Bearcats played their second non-conference doubleheader in as many days on Thursday afternoon, splitting two games with visiting Siena. Binghamton (14-16-1) won the first game 1-0 before the Saints (11-20-1) won the nightcap by an 11-4 margin.
Freshman infielder Sara Eppolito (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) drove home the game's only run in the opener and sophomore outfielder Lauren Verrusio (New Rochelle, N.Y.) preserved the win with a lunging catch of a line drive into right-center field on the game's final play. Senior catcher Jessica Chellis (Tunkhannock, Pa.) doubled to the right-center field gap leading off the bottom of the fourth inning and advanced to third when the throw in from the outfield was offline. One out later Eppolito lined a ball up the middle to provide all the offense the Bearcats would need. Binghamton had seven hits and stranded eight runners in the game, but the lone run was plenty support for sophomore pitcher Katie Hansen (Westtown, N.Y./Minisink Valley), who tossed her second shutout of the season. Hansen allowed just three hits and walked two in her eighth win of the season. She lowered her team-best ERA to 1.20.
The tables turned quickly in the second game, as Siena scored five runs
with two outs in the top of the first. The Saints had loaded the bases with
nobody out, but after a force-out at the plate and a strikeout, looked like
they would come up empty. However, sophomore utility player Tara Campbell
drove in a pair of runs with a single to left-center and freshman shortstop
Kelly Boyle followed with a three-run homer down the left field line. The
inning set the tone for the game, as the teams combined to score 14 of the
game's 15 runs with two outs.
Down 6-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Binghamton started to climb back into the game with a two-out rally. Sophomore infielder Nicole Vitello (Olean, N.Y.) laced a two-run double down the right field line and Eppolito followed with a home run down the left field line to make it 6-4. Eppolito had four hits and drove in three runs in the two games.
Junior outfielder Jessica Dima (Staten Island, N.Y./Port Richmond) then singled to keep the inning alive, but the rally went no further and the Saints put the game out of reach with a pair of runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth. Senior shortstop Veronica Arredondo singled with two out in the fifth and two more runs scored on an error.
Campbell helped the Saints both at the plate and on the mound. She was 3-for-4 in the game and drove in a pair of runs. After starting the game as the designated player, Campbell came in to pitch in the fourth and tossed four innings of scoreless relief. She scattered just two hits and struck out four to earn the save. Junior second baseman Megan Woltz was 2-for-3 in the opener and contributed three more hits in the nightcap.
Binghamton hosts America East rival Vermont for a three-game series this weekend. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday, with action both days getting underway at noon.