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Phillips named America East Softball Co-Player of the Year
Plemon, Tucker, Cutrona and Bump also earn all-conference honors
May 11, 2011Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips has been named the America East Softball Co-Player of the Year. She shares the award with April Setterlund of Boston University. In addition, senior catcher Deannie Plemon, junior outfielder Meghan Tucker, freshman second baseman Lisa Cutrona and freshman shortstop Jessica Bump also earned all-conference honors. The voting was done by the seven conference head coaches.
Phillips, who was the America East Player of the Week on March 14 and March 28, also earned first-team all-conference honors. She leads the America East with a .444 batting average, 14 home runs, a .581 on-base percentage and a .897 slugging percentage heading into this week’s conference tournament. In addition, Phillips is in position to become the first Binghamton player to hit .400 since Mollie Lehman batted .420 during the 1997 season.
Last season, Phillips was a second-team all-conference selection and was the America East Rookie of the Year. In just two seasons, she already has 29 home runs and 74 RBI.
Plemon is a first-team all-conference pick for the second year in a row. She currently ranks second in the America East with 11 home runs and 42 RBI. Against conference opponents, Plemon hit .377 and posted a slugging percentage of 1.000. The last time a Binghamton player earned first-team honors at least twice in a career was Jessica Chellis, who was a three-time pick from 2002-04.
Tucker was named second-team all-conference for the second straight season. She ranks second on the team in batting (.289) and has five home runs as well as 22 RBI. Against conference opponents, Tucker hit .375. She has now earned all-conference honors all three years at Binghamton, having earned All-Rookie honors in 2009.
Cutrona was named second-team all-conference and was selected to the America East All-Rookie Team. She has started 36 games at second base, hit a pair of home runs and has five RBI. She is just the second Binghamton freshman ever to be named to one of the top two America East all-conference teams. Phillips was a second-team selection in 2010.
Bump joins Cutrona on the All-Rookie team. She is the lone Binghamton freshman who has started all 43 games this season. Heading into the America East Tournament, she ranks second on the squad with 12 walks.
Binghamton (22-21, 10-7 AE) heads to the America East Tournament first the first-time in its 10-year Division I era as the No. 3 seed. The Bearcats face No. 2 Albany in the opening round of the double-elimination event on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The tournament is being hosted by top-seeded Boston University.
NOTES: The last time Binghamton had a pair of players named to the first team was in 2003, when Chellis and Michelle Weeks both were tabbed. The preceding year, Chellis and Margaret Yerdon were both selected ... since 2008, Binghamton has had eight players earn All-Rookie honors, including Plemon (2008), Tucker (2009), Phillips (2010), Cutrona and Bump ... Setterlund was also the 2010 America East Player of the Year.