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Phillips named first-team All-Mid Atlantic Region for second straight year
Sophomore outfielder ranked among national leaders in several offensive categories
May 19, 2011Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.—Sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips has been named first-team All-Mid Atlantic Region for the second year in a row. The voting was done by the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA) and sponsored by Louisville Slugger. There are 10 regions among the 283 NCAA Division I programs and each region has two all-star teams named each season.
In her second season at Binghamton, Phillips was named the America East Co-Player of the Year after leading the conference with a .435 batting average, 15 home runs, a .576 on-base percentage and a .863 slugging percentage. Currently, she ranks No. 18 in the nation in batting, No. 24 in home runs per game, fifth in on-base percentage and ninth in slugging percentage. In addition, Phillips led the America East with 107 total bases and was fourth with 41 RBI.
“Jessica did an all-around fantastic job for us this year,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “She improved on every part of her game and worked very hard to do so.”
Twice during the season, Phillips was named the America East Player of the Week. She hit a pair of grand slams and became the first Binghamton player to hit at least .400 since Mollie Lehman batted .420 during the 1997 campaign. With 40 runs, Phillips also tied Lehman’s 1998 single-season program record. In addition, her 54 hits ranks second behind Lehman’s 55 hits in 1997 and her 107 bases tied her own record, which she set last season.
After just two seasons, Phillips already ranks second all time in Binghamton program history with 29 home runs and fourth with 74 RBI. She will carry a .388 career batting average into the 2012 season as well as a .506 on-base percentage and a .814 slugging percentage.
In her freshman season, Phillips was also named the America East Rookie of the Year after batting .345 with 15 home runs and 33 RBI. She was named second-team all-conference as a freshman before being elevated to the first team this year.
Binghamton (23-23, 10-7 AE) finished third in the America East during the regular season as well as at its first-ever trip to the conference tournament. After winning just 49 times from 2005-09, the Bearcats have gone 47-42 (18-17 AE) since Burrell took over the program prior to the 2010 season.
The NFCA will announce its three Louisville Slugger All-America teams at 4 p.m. CDT on June 1.
NOTES: Binghamton has been competing at the NCAA Division I level in softball since 2002, the same year it joined the America East Conference. Since then, Phillips has been the first player named to the All-Mid Atlantic Region team. From 1979-98, Binghamton had 12 different players named to the Division III All-Region Team. In 1999, the program has a pair of Division II All-Region selections.