Raider Softball Drops Doubleheader to Binghamton

The Raider softball team returned to action against Binghamton on Tuesday night after two doubleheaders against league foe Bucknell were cancelled on Saturday and Sunday. Despite coming out strong to begin game one, the Raiders dropped both games to the Bearcats, 6-5 and 6-3.In the front end of the doubleheader, the Raiders took a 4-0 lead after five innings. In the fourth inning, Colgate scored three runs on an RBI double by senior Nichole Rawson, a RBI single by first-year Whitney Scott and a sacrifice fly by junior Erin Hanna. The Raiders extended the lead to four with a two-out rally in the fifth inning, capped by Rawson’s second RBI double in as many innings.Raider sophomore pitcher Kelsey Nordstrom, meanwhile, cruised through the first five innings – having allowed only three hits – before trouble struck in the final two innings. After retiring the first two batters of the sixth, Nordstrom gave up a walk and a single before Binghamton secondbaseman Nicole Vitello smacked a three-run home run over the fence to get the Bearcats back to within one run.After the Raiders tacked an insurance run on the board in the top of the seventh, Binghamton again struck for three runs to pull out a win in the team’s last at-bat. With the bases loaded and one out, Marisa Destasio singled home two runs to tie the game, and Binghamton’s Jessica Dima sent everyone home by, appropriately enough, stealing home.Scott and Rawson were the offensive stars in the first game, as Rawson went 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs, while Scott went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. After starting the game so well, Nordstrom (4-5) gave up six runs on eight hits despite striking out a season-high 11 Bearcats.In the second half of the doubleheader, it was Binghamton that jumped out early and didn’t let the Raiders back in the game. The Bearcats jumped on Raider junior starter Kate Howard (4-6) for three runs in the first inning, ending Howard’s day prematurely. The team then got to Rawson, who relieved Howard for the second inning, for two runs in the bottom of the second.Rawson, however, pitched admirably for the remainder of the game, allowing only three runs in four innings of relief. Unfortunately for the Raiders, the team does not want to see Rawson on the mound too much, for it means that the starters didn’t go deep into the game.The Raiders, meanwhile, could only scratch one run off the Bearcat staff in each of the last three innings. The game was called after the top of the sixth inning due to darkness.In the second game, no Raider managed more than one base hit. Senior Dorothy Donaldson launched her first home run of the season and 36th of her career in the fourth inning. The run also moved Donaldson past Amanda Paolucci ’02 into second place on the school’s all-time list with 107.The Raiders dropped to 8-11 on the season with the two losses. The team, now in the midst of a three-game losing streak, will once again look to begin the home portion of its schedule this weekend, as the team is scheduled to play four games against league foe Lafayette. The Raiders enter the game with a league mark of 2-2, while the Leopards’ league mark stands at 2-6. Last season, the Raiders swept all four games from Lafayette, out-scoring the Leopards 35-8, and will be looking to do the same tomorrow and Sunday.