The Stony Brook Softball team was swept in a three-game series at Binghamton this past weekend, 12-3, 6-5 and 3-2. A week removed from pitching two consecutive no-hitters, senior pitcher Jane Sallen allowed 16 runs (13 earned) in 12 innings against the Bearcats, dropping to 14-12 on the season.
Leading the way for Binghamton, the No. 2 team in the America East with a conference record of 10-2, was senior designated hitter Griffin McIver, batting 4-for-9 with three runs batted in on the series. Sophomore second baseman Stephanie Bielec went 5-for-9 with one run batted in, while senior right fielder Sydney Harbaugh drove in three runs on the weekend.
For Stony Brook, senior left fielder Diane Caruso went 4-for-8 while senior catcher Allie Pisciotta recorded two home runs and three runs batted in. Junior shortstop Lexie Shue and senior first baseman Melissa Phelan added two runs batted in apiece.
Sunday’s contest had Stony Brook on the ropes heading down the stretch, with Binghamton up 3-0 entering the seventh inning. A Pisciotta solo home run cut the deficit to two, then freshman outfielder Katelyn Corr scored Caruso on a single, but the Bearcats would not allow another run.
Game 2 — the second of Saturday’s doubleheader — was a close affair, with the Seawolves falling 6-5. Binghamton led 2-0 entering the sixth inning, when a freshman designated hitter Irene Rivera double into center and Phelan single to left tied the game at 2-2. The Bearcats responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs of their own off a triple from and Harbaugh sacrifice fly. With the Seawolves trailing 4-2 entering the seventh, Pisciotta hit a two-run home run and Shue singled to score senior right fielder Kellie Reynolds to take a 5-4 advantage. However, an error by Shue in the bottom of the seventh led to runs by junior left fielder Gabby Bracchi and sophomore third baseman Kate Richard, giving Binghamton the win.
Game 1 was much more one-sided. The contest started off in Stony Brook’s favor, with the Seawolves up 3-0 at the top of the third inning behind runs batted in from Evans, Shue and Phelan. But the Bearcats responded with nine runs in the bottom of the inning, then tacked on three in the fourth to cruise to the 12-3 win.
Next up for Stony Brook is a home game against Seton Hall on Thursday at 4 p.m.