Softball hosts Binghamton with playoff berth at stake
April 26, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook softball team will look to clinch a spot in the America East playoffs this weekend when it hosts Binghamton for a three-game series. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m., before playing a single game Sunday at noon.
With six games remaining in the conference season, the battle for a top four seed and a bid to the America East playoffs is heating up. Albany (13-1) and Binghamton (10-2) have already clinched spots in the conference championship, while Stony Brook (7-5) and Hartford (5-7) will be looking to lock up bids this weekend. Boston University (5-6) is not eligible to compete in the tournament, due to its impending move to the Patriot League, while Maine still has a slim chance to clinch a bid at 3-9, but will need a lot of help. UMBC (1-14) has been eliminated from contention.
The Seawolves (25-19) can clinch a playoff bid this weekend with at least one win over Binghamton and at least one Boston University victory over Maine. As a team, Stony Brook ranks second in the America East in pitching with a 2.85 team ERA. The Seawolves also rank second in the conference in fielding percentage with a .971 clip. Sophomore Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) is second in the America East with 12 doubles, and ranks fourth in the conference with 74 total bases.
The Bearcats enter with a 23-13 overall record and have won four of their last five games. The Binghamton lineup features a dangerous combination of speed and power as the Bearcats lead the conference in home runs (38) and rank second in stolen bases (72). Jessica Bump is the team’s table-setter with a .372 average, 41 runs scored and 16 stolen bases. Pitcher Demi Laney owns a 2.75 ERA to go along with an 11-5 record and 128 strikeouts in 122 innings.