|Binghamton University||University of Maine|
ORONO, Maine — After dropping game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, 4-1, to Binghamton, the Black Bears rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn a walk-off, 9-8 victory in game two.
Alyssa Derrick finished the day with two hits and three RBI while Laurine German drove in two and scored a pair of runs to help lead the offense.
After Annie Kennedy retired the first three batters on three ground ball outs, the Black Bears (19-20, 8-4) capitalized on two Binghamton (12-22, 5-8) errors to take a 1-0 lead after the first full inning. Rachel Carlson hit the ball to the pitcher and then advanced to second on a throwing error. Two batters later, Derrick drove a ball up the middle that allowed Carlson to come around.
The top of the third marked the Bearcats’ turn to take advantage of an error.
Lauren Martinez led off the inning with a single through the left side and then a misplayed bunt moved her to third and Carrie Maniccia to second. Kennedy – who had struck out all three batters in the second inning – seemed poised to get out of the inning with two quick pop outs but a single to right field brought both Martinez and Maniccia around to score for a 2-1 edge.
The Bearcats stretched the lead in the top of the fifth, again taking advantage of an error in the field. Maniccia again reached on a miscue and then scored on a double by Jessica Rutherford into the right field gap. Rutherford herself scored on a wild pitch later in the inning for the 4-1 lead.
Maine put a runner on base in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings on an error and two walks but the offense could not connect with the ball and Derrick’s single in the first remained Maine’s lone hit on the day heading into the final frame.
Back-to-back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Maine with no outs in the bottom of the seventh but Chelsea Howard used back-to-back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the jam and get Binghamton the 4-1 win.
Kennedy went the distance in the defeat, tossing 7.0 innings while allowing no earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts and no walks.