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Softball earns share in AE regular season title

VETAL, N.Y. – Senior first baseman Alex Musiel drove in three runs and second designated player Emma Lawson had a pair of RBI to lead Binghamton (32-16, 14-6 AE) to a 10-2 win in five innings over UMass Lowell (16-27, 8-11 AE) in an America East softball game on Saturday afternoon at the Bearcats -sports complex. With the victory – which was preceded by the annual Senior Day Ceremony – the Bearcats captured a share of the America East regular season title and will carry the second-place finish into the upcoming conference tournament.

This marks the third time in program history that Binghamton has won an America East regular season championship. The Bearcats won the title outright in 2016 and 2017. Binghamton joined the America East Conference in April 2001.

UAlbany also finished with a 14-6 conference record after defeating Maine 6-0 earlier on Saturday. The Great Danes won the tiebreaker against the Bearcats after winning two of the three games in their April 20-21 series.

As the second seed in the upcoming America East Tournament, Binghamton has a first-round bye for the second year in a row. The Bearcats’ opponent in the second round will be No. 3 Bryant or No. 6 Maine on Thursday. The double-elimination event is hosted by the Black Bears.

Both Lawson and Musial played crucial roles in the five-run bottom of the first inning for the Bearcats, breaking open a scoreless game on Saturday. Lawson singled the first run of the frame and scored two batters later on a two-run double by Musial.

Leading 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Binghamton tacked on five more runs. Lawson and Musial each drove in a run during that frame.

Senior pitcher Allison L’Amoreaux after which the game ended in the top of the fifth inning. Her record improves to 13-5. The defeat went to Jen Slanovec, who is now 0-3.

Freshman second baseman Maddy Dodig and senior shortstop Gabby Guerrero each finished the game 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

L’Amoreaux scored two game-high runs and was credited with an RBI when she was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning with the bases loaded. This weekend she went 3-for-8 (.375) with a homerun and three RBI. L’Amoreaux’s on-base percentage was .500 during the series and she now has a team-best 32 RBI for the season.

Lawson finished the weekend with a team-best .444 batting average (4-for-9), while Dodig was 3-for-7 (.429).

The Bearcats’ 32 wins remain the third-highest total in program history. The 1997 team won 37 games, followed by the 2016 team, which recorded 34 victories.

Before the victory of Binghamton, L’Amoreaux, Musial, Shelby Carvalho And Hailey Ehlers were honored during the Senior Day ceremony.