Immediate Release: May 12, 2004
Contact: David O'Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Binghamton softball players named all-conference
N.Y.--- Senior catcher Jessica Chellis (Tunkhannock, Pa./
Tunkhannock), junior center fielder Jessica Dima (Staten
Island, N.Y./ Port Richmond), sophomore shortstop Rose
Barre (Watertown, N.Y./ General Brown), sophomore
second baseman Nicole Vitello (Olean, N.Y./ Olean) and
freshman third baseman Sara Eppolito (Manlius, N.Y./ Fayetteville-Manlius)
have all been named to the America East All-Conference softball
teams. Chellis was named to the first team, Dima, Barre and Vitello
were named to the second team while Eppolito was named to the
For Chellis, it marks the third consecutive season that she has
earned first-team honors. This season, she was fourth on the
team in hitting with a .309 batting average and tied for second
with six home runs. She also drove in 16 runs. Defensively, she
threw out 11 would-be base stealers and picked off another four
"Jessica is well-respected in this conference," head
coach Holly Brown said. "Other teams have seen the talent
that we have seen in her all along. She will be greatly missed
by our program."
Dima earns all-conference honors for the first time in her career.
She finished second on the team in hitting with a .318 batting
average. Her 12 doubles led the team and tied the sixth-highest,
single-season total in program history. She also belted three
home runs and was third on the squad with 19 RBI.
"Jessica had an outstanding year defensively," Brown
said. "She also showed great improvement offensively and
was tough to strike out."
Barre led the team with 25 RBI and nine stolen bases. She also
finished the season with a .310 batting average and tied for
second with six home runs. Barre was named the America East Conference
Player of the Week for March 14-20.
"Rose improved both offensively and defensively this season,"
Brown said. "She is an aggressive player who plays with
her heart on her sleeve."
led the team with a school-record seven home runs and was second
on the team with 23 RBI. She homered in four straight games and
finished the season with a .300 batting average.
"Nicole improved a lot as a power hitter this season,"
Brown said. "We are looking for her to further improve next
In her first season, Eppolito started 41 games at third base
and finished the season with a .305 batting average, three home
runs and 13 RBI.
"Sara showed a lot of potential her first season,"
Brown said. "We are looking to capitalize on her abilities
in the future."
Binghamton finished the season with a 17-23-2 record.