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Softball lands conference-best four student-athletes on America East All-Academic Team

Phillips, Tucker, Horne and Bump cited for academic and athletic accomplishments

May 31, 2012

Softball lands conference-best four student-athletes on America East All-Academic Team

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America East Conference Release

VESTAL, N.Y.—Senior outfielder Meghan Tucker, senior designated hitter Chelsea Horne, junior outfielder Jessica Phillips and sophomore second baseman Jessica Bump have all been named to the 2012 America East Softball All-Academic Team. The Bearcats led the conference four the second year in a row with four selections, all of whom were honored for their academic and athletic achievements.

“I’m really proud of what these four have accomplished,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. ” They are truly committed to both their studies and to the success of our program.  They are all deserving of the recognition and I look forward to seeing where they all end up after graduation because of their efforts in the classroom and on the field.”

Tucker is a repeat selection from 2011. She concluded her career as a two-time, second-team all-conference selection (2010 & 2011) and was inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society in her sophomore year. In her junior campaign, Tucker was also named to the America East All-Tournament Team.

Horne is a first-time selection. She was named the America East Player of the Week on April 3 and led the team with a .333 batting average against America East opponents. She too is a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society and is already working towards her master’s degree. In 2011, she was awarded the Binghamton Academic Achievement Award for maintaining one of the top 10 cumulative GPA among graduating student-athletes.

Phillips also makes her first appearance on the All-Academic Team. She earned second-team all-conference honors this year by leading the team in batting (.328), home runs (12) and RBI (25). She recently was one of six Binghamton student-athletes to receive the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2011-12 academic year. Phillips has been named all-conference in each of her first three seasons, having also made the second team in 2010 and the first team her sophomore year.

Bump was named the America East Player of the Year for May 8, after batting .520 in the final six games of the season. During that stretch, she clubbed three home runs and had seven RBI. Bump finished the season ranked second on the team with six home runs and tied for second with 23 RBI. Off the field, Bump was inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society in April.

To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team. In softball, position players must participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games while pitchers must make at least 10 appearances on the mound. In the classroom, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA and have completed at least one calendar year at their institution. Freshmen are not eligible for consideration.

Binghamton’s softball program has enjoyed significant academic success since 2010. During that span, the Bearcats have posted a conference-best 10 America East All-Academic selections and have had seven student-athletes inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society. In addition, Binghamton has posted the highest softball team GPA in the conference the past two years and was ranked as high as eighth in the nation among NCAA Division I programs in 2010 with a 3.48 overall GPA.

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