Softball sweeps a pair of games

STATESBORO, Ga. — Binghamton (3-1) busted bats and was just as impressive on the mound as it swept a pair of games in the Battle of the Boro softball tournament Saturday at the GS Complex. The Bearcats beat the hosts Eagles (2-1) 5-1 in Game 1 before beating East Tennessee (0-3) 9-1 in five innings in the final.

The Bearcats hit .365 as a team over the two games and had six extra hits. Defensively, sophomore pitcher Allison L’Amoureux and graduate student pitcher Chelsea Howard combined to post a 1.17 ERA.

“It’s always a good day when you can sweep”, head coach jess bump noted. “I was really happy with how we came out this afternoon and reacted after last night’s loss. We’re locked in offensively and scoring points throughout which takes a lot of the pressure off of our pitchers plan and that’s why we’re seeing these results.”

L’Amoreaux continued its impressive full weekend. She pitched a comprehensive win in the opener against Georgia Southern, scattering one run on three hits and striking out five batters to bring her record to 2-0. At home plate, she went 4-for-6 with a home run, two doubles and a pair of RBIs.

Senior third baseman Alli Richmond finished the day 2-for-5 with a home run and the team’s top three RBIs. Second year receiver Hailey Ehlers was 3 for 6 with pocket RBI.

Trailing 1-0 early in the second inning against Georgia Southern, the Bearcats tied the game on a triple RBI by the junior outfielder Jillian Fittry. She scored a batter later on a single from the senior outfielder Chloe Morgan.

An inning later, Ehlers increased the lead to 4-1 on a two-run single. L’Amoreaux then completed the scoring when she led the start of the fifth inning with her second home run in as many games.

Unlike the day before against Georgia Southern, the Bearcats were able to finish the game. The Amoreaux limited the Eagles to one hit over the last three innings.

With the Bearcats already leading 2-0 late in the second inning against East Tennessee State, Richmond picked the freshman outfielder at home Sarah Render, increasing the lead to 3-0. She then scored two batters later on a sacrificed fly by a freshman outfielder Alayna Harbaugh.

The Bucs cut the deficit to 4-1 in the top of the third inning, but the Bearcats opened the game with five more runs late in the same inning. L’Amoreaux doubled a home run but Richmond hit home with a two-run home run.

From there, Howard held East Tennessee scoreless over the next two innings to complete the five-inning victory. His record now stands at 1-0.

The three RBIs in Game 2 are a career high for Richmond, as are the two doubles for L’Amoreaux.

Rende finished a 2-for-3 nightcap and drove in a race.

The Amoreaux hit safely in all four games this weekend and have a .538 batting average. With three doubles and two home runs, his slugging percentage is 1.231. She and Richmond are tied for the team lead with four RBIs.

Ehlers leads the team with a .545 batting average through the first four games this season while Richmond is batting .455.

Binghamton ends its time at the Battle of the Boro tournament with a 9:30 a.m. game against East Tennessee State on Sunday.

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