|Binghamton University||University of Maine|
ORONO, Maine — After dropping game one of Saturday’s doubleheader 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.
In the nightcap, the Black Bears entered the top of the seventh with a 4-2 lead but found themselves trailing, 8-4, heading into the bottom of the frame.
The Bearcats were able to load the bases in the top of the seventh with zero outs. A sacrifice fly from Maniccia got the rally started. Binghamton manufactured runs on a wild pitch, single up the middle, a sacrifice fly and a single to right center for an 8-4 edge.
Down but not out, the Black Bears mounted a comeback. Shanna Scribner walked to start and then Erika Leonard bunted for a base hit. German’s standup double to deep center drove in both before Derrick drove in German with a groundball to shortstop.
Down by one run, Decker doubled and Maine was able to load the bases for Nee. Nee battled back to earn a full count and then drove the ball to the right side. The second baseman fielded it cleanly but the first baseman was unable to control the throw. Two runs scored on the mishap, completing the comeback, 9-8.
Maine registered three hits in the five run seventh inning.
To start the game – and for the second time on the day – Derrick registered an RBI in the bottom of the first inning, This time, driving a ball through the left side to bring German around from second for a 1-0 lead.
Maine went on to load the bases in the inning, with Carlson scoring on a fielder’s choice ball hit by Kristin Niland.
In the second inning, the Black Bears responded to a Binghamton home run with two of their own. Carlson’s ball to third forced a throwing error and both Emily Gilmore and Leonard scored on the play.
Binghamton got on the board again in the top of the fifth – using three singles in a row to push a run across and make it a two-run game – and then exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh.
A five-run bottom of the fifth by the Black Bears, capped by a walk-off when Nee reached on an error, lifted Maine to the 9-8 victory in game two.
The two teams will close out the weekend series with Sunday’s 11 a.m. Senior Day game at Kessock Field.