|University of Maine||Binghamton University|
VESTAL, N.Y. — Laurine German tallied a pair of hits and Alyssa Derrick added a home run but the University of Maine softball team left nine runners on base and fell in game one of the America East Tournament, 3-1, to No. 5 Binghamton on Wednesday afternoon.
The Black Bears will now take on the loser of game two between No. 3 Stony Brook and No. 6 UMBC on Wednesday at approximately 4 p.m.
Back to back singles and a walk loaded the bases for the Bearcats (17-23) with nobody out in the top of the first. Maine starter Annie Kennedy was able to induce a ground ball to Sarah Coyne, who tagged the runner looking to advance to second before firing on to Kristen Niland at first, completing the double play. The Black Bears (20-24) traded the twin killing for a run. Another ground ball to Coyne ended the inning as Maine escaped the early jam by surrendering just one run.
Maine looked to answer with a two-out rally in the bottom of the inning. German’s opposite field single was followed by Erika Leonard’s single through the left side. A walk from Maddie Decker loaded the bases. Binghamton’s starter, Rayn Gibson, skipped a pitch to the backstop. However, Binghamton was able to gather the loose ball and tag out German, who was attempting to score from third.
The Bearcats added a run to their lead in the top of the fourth. Base hits from Sara Herskowitz and Lauren Martinez put runners on second and third before Carrie Maniccia was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kyleigh O’Donnell came on in relief of Kennedy. Binghamton’s next batter, Jessica Rutherford, sent a sacrifice fly out to left. Herskowitz was able to tag and score on the play, giving the Bearcats a 2-0 advantage.
Martinez’s leadoff home run in the top of the sixth extended the Bearcats’ lead to 3-0.
Derrick put Maine on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth, sending her sixth home run over the wall in left center to cut the lead to 3-1.
The Black Bears entered the bottom of the seventh still trailing by a pair. Rachel Carlson worked a one out walk, bringing the tying run to the plate. German’s single through the left side put runners on first and third as Leonard stepped to the plate as the winning run. However, fly out in foul territory down the left field line ended the threat, giving Binghamton a 3-1 victory.
Kennedy earned the start for Maine, taking the loss after giving up two runs on six hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts over 3.1 innings. O’Donnell came on in relief, surrendering one run on one hit with three strikeouts.