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For Immediate Release: March 28, 2010
Contact: Matt Muzza (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton softball splits with Albany 4-5, 6-4
Bearcats snap 19-game losing streak to Great Danes

[Albany 5, BU 4 box score...]
[BU 6, Albany 4 box score...]

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Freshman Jessica Phillips crushed two homers and drove in four runs and sophomore Kristen Emerling pitched 3.2 scoreless innings of relief to lead Binghamton (11-7, 1-2 AE) to a 6-4 win over Albany (8-9, 2-1 AE) in the finale of a three-game set on Sunday. Earlier in the day, the teams resumed the suspended game from Saturday, with Albany winning in walk-off fashion 5-4.

The loss was especially painful for the Bearcats, as they lost the opening game of this series on a 10th inning walk-off home run to the Great Danes on Saturday.

"We had two tough losses and the team did a good job not getting too down. They never let up all weekend," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "We would of liked to get some more wins, but we got one and we were happy with the way we finished the last game."

Albany 5, Binghamton 4

In a game that was resumed in the top of the fifth inning with BU holding a 4-2 lead from the day before, Albany was able to rally for a come-back with the difference coming on a two-out, three-run walk-off home run by Kat Smith in the bottom of the seventh.

Freshman Rhoda Marsteller, took the tough-luck loss in the opener, pitching 6.2 innings, giving up seven hits, striking out six and giving up one earned run. All three runs on the Albany walk-off homer were unearned, as Albany's first baserunner reached via a fielding error and the Danes had two outs on them at the time of Smiths' heroics.

Binghamton was able to jump out to a four-run lead on Saturday when they jumped on Albany's pitching in a two-out rally in the top of the fourth. Junior Stephanie DeLuca singled and junior Kelly Schuldt doubled her in to first get on the board. Sophomore Meghan Tucker's single prolonged the inning with a runner scoring on an error before sophomore Colleen Whitaker knocked in another run on a single and Stephanie Valencia plated the fourth run on a triple.

Whitaker and senior Shannon McLeese each had two hits in the game for BU.

Binghamton 6, Albany 4

The Bearcats were able to notch their first conference win of the season, and also snap a 19-game losing streak to Albany when they claimed the final game with a 6-4 win.

Freshman Jessica Phillips began the scoring for BU with a solo home run in the second inning. Phillips then connected for another bomb in the third, this time with two runners on for her fourth RBI of the day and to give BU a 4-0 lead.

Albany crossed two runners in the bottom of the frame, before Whitaker connected on her first home run of the season to extend Binghamton's lead to 5-2.

Albany scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to 5-4, and also chased out starter Kate Price in the process. Sophomore Kristen Emerling was brought into the game with one out in the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Binghamton was able to secure a key insurance run to help prevent yet another Great Dane late-inning comeback. Valencia singled and junior Deannie Plemon singled her in to push the lead to 6-4.

Emerling retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh to earn the win in relief. In total, Emerling pitched 3.2 scoreless innings, gave up only two hits, struck out three and walked none.

Sophomore Briana Andrews joined Phillips as the only two Bearcats to record two hits in the game.

Notes: Philips hit her sixth and seventh home runs of the year, putting her in a tie with Nicole Vitello for the school's single season home run record ... Before today's win, BU last beat Albany in 2003.

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