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For Immediate Release: June 2, 2010
Contact: Matt Muzza (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Plemon and DeLuca earn AE All-Academic Softball Honors

[conference release...]

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Binghamton softball's junior catcher Deannie Plemon and junior first baseman Stephanie DeLuca were named to the 2010 America East softball All-Academic team, the conference announced Wednesday.

"I am thrilled Deannie and Steph were recognized for their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "They both set great examples for the rest of the team and it shows with our overall team GPA. We have several very dedicated student-athletes that excel in both academics and softball."

Plemon, has also been named to the NFCA Mid-Atlantic Second Team, ECAC All-Star Second Team and the America East First Team, racked up another honor after posting one of the best individual offensive seasons ever by a Bearcat.

Plemon led Binghamton with a .376 batting average, 50 hits and 44 RBI. She also ranked second on the team with 14 home runs, 10 doubles, .767 on-base percentage. She also ranked second in league play with a .434 batting average. She posted a school-record 17-game hitting streak and is the school record-holder for most career home runs and also runs batted in.

Plemon also has a 3.38 GPA in business.

DeLuca was named America East Player of the Week April 5, and started all 43 games at first base this season. She batted .306 with 28 RBI and six home runs and had a .529 slugging percentage and a .404 on-base percentage.

DeLuca also has a 3.65 GPA in biology.

All-Academic squads for team sports are based on the number of athletes that participate in a contest at one time (e.g., 10 in the lineup for softball) but can be more if there is a tie in voting. To be nominated for the distinction, student-athletes must be a starter or important reserve for their team and participate in at least 50 percent of their team’s games or competitions. 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.

Plemon and DeLuca helped guide BU to a 24-19 record in 2010, the school's first winning season at the Division I level.

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