Third-seeded Binghamton (22-19) used a four-run second inning to pull away for an 8-0, six-inning win over the fourth-seeded Black Bears (22-22) at the America East tournament on Friday afternoon at Stony Brook, New York.

Erika Leonard, Felicia Lennon, Nikki Byron and Rachel Carlson finished with two hits apiece for the Black Bears, who had the bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the fifth inning but were unable to score.

In their first game of the day, the Black Bears eliminated second-seeded Albany (30-18) with a 10-7 victory that was sparked by three hits each from Leonard and Jessica Burk.

Leonard went 3 for 3 with a triple, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored for the Black Bears, who scored six times in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 10-2 lead.

BASEBALL: Wesleyan (26-8) held on for a 4-2 win over Bates (16-19) in their opening game of the NESCAC tournament at Nashua, New Hampshire.

The Bobcats rallied with two runs in the top of the seventh inning when Ryan McCarthy was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Samuel Warren added an RBI single.

Bates then left seven runners stranded over the final three innings, including the potential tying run in the top of the ninth.

SYRACUSE: Former basketball stars Derrick Coleman, Eric Devendorf and Mookie Jones will receive their degrees this weekend.

Coleman was the top pick in the NBA draft in 1990 but didn’t have enough credits to earn his degree when he left school. He completed his work online and will celebrate with his mother back home in Detroit.

Devendorf and Jones were teammates, but Devendorf declared early for the draft after the 2009 season and went unpicked, and Jones was suspended from school in the middle of his senior season (2011-12).


MADRID OPEN: Serena Williams lost in the Madrid Open semifinals, falling shortly after Maria Sharapova also was beaten.

Petra Kvitova defeated the top-ranked Williams 6-2, 6-3 in Spain, while Svetlana Kuznetsova ousted Sharapova 6-2, 6-4.

In the men’s tournament, Rafael Nadal advanced to the semifinals by beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-4.

The victory for Kvitova was her first over Williams, a 19-time Grand Slam champion, in six matches.


SAN FRANCISCO: The city became the first in the nation to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields, including AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants.

Mayor Ed Lee on Friday signed into law an ordinance to prohibit the use of smokeless tobacco at athletic venues.

The city currently prohibits cigarette and cigar smoking at sports arenas, fields, parks and stadiums.

The new law adds smokeless tobacco – moist inhalable snuff and chewing tobacco – to the list.


MLS: The New England Revolution gave up two late goals and had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Orlando City in a game at Florida.

New England scored the game’s first two goals – the first by Charlie Davies, the second by Kelyn Rowe.

On the night, the Revs were outshot 12-8 while Orlando City managed a 60 percent possession advantage.

– From staff and news services