The Binghamton softball team claimed three victories in four weekend games at the George Washington Colonial Tournament, highlighted by dominant pitching from senior Demi Laney, who picked up three wins and a shutout.
Binghamton University (6-6) kicked off its first day of the tournament Saturday with a close 5-4 win over Mount St. Mary’s. Sophomore catcher Taylor Chaffee sparked the Bearcats by driving in three runs on a double and a two-run home run. Laney put in a full six innings en route to her fourth win of the season.
The Bearcats dropped their second game of the tournament to the hosting Colonials (4-14-1) by a score of 5-2. Freshman pitcher Annika Wiesinger was unable to earn her first victory of the season, despite pitching the entire game. A pair of BU errors allowed the Colonials to plate all five of their runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Wiesinger is 0-4 on the season.
On Sunday, BU managed to muster a doubleheader sweep, beating Wagner and Mount St. Mary’s (6-7-1). In the opening game with Wagner (4-8), the Bearcats relied on a six-run fifth inning in their 8-4 victory. A two-run single by sophomore outfielder Sydney Harbaugh was the fuse for BU’s big offensive inning.
In the final game of the weekend, Binghamton beat Mount St. Mary’s by a score of 1-0 behind Laney’s second consecutive win of the day, a shutout. Junior shortstop Caytlin Friis scored the game’s only run on a third-inning error by the Mountaineers. Laney finished the weekend with a 3-0 record and 17 strikeouts in only 18 innings of work.
The Bearcats will be right back at it this weekend, as they are scheduled to take on Colgate in the first game of the George Mason Tournament. First pitch is set for 12:15 p.m. Saturday in Fairfax, Va.