Release: May 11, 2011
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Phillips named America East Softball Co-Player of the Year
Tucker, Cutrona and Bump also earn all-conference honors
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Sophomore outfielder Jessica
Phillips has been named the America East Softball Co-Player
of the Year. She shares the award with April Setterlund of Boston
University. In addition, senior catcher Deannie
Plemon, junior outfielder Meghan
Tucker, freshman second baseman Lisa
Cutrona and freshman shortstop Jessica
Bump also earned all-conference honors. The voting was done
by the seven conference head coaches.
Phillips, who was the America East Player of the Week on March
14 and March 28, also earned first-team all-conference honors.
She leads the America East with a .444 batting average, 14 home
runs, a .581 on-base percentage and a .897 slugging percentage
heading into this week's conference tournament. In addition,
Phillips is in position to become the first Binghamton player
to hit .400 since Mollie Lehman batted .420 during the 1997 season.
Last season, Phillips was a second-team all-conference selection
and was the America East Rookie of the Year. In just two seasons,
she already has 29 home runs and 74 RBI.
Plemon is a first-team all-conference pick for the second year
in a row. She currently ranks second in the America East with
11 home runs and 42 RBI. Against conference opponents, Plemon
hit .377 and posted a slugging percentage of 1.000. The last
time a Binghamton player earned first-team honors at least twice
in a career was Jessica Chellis, who was a three-time pick from
Tucker was named second-team all-conference for the second straight
season. She ranks second on the team in batting (.289) and has
five home runs as well as 22 RBI. Against conference opponents,
Tucker hit .375. She has now earned all-conference honors all
three years at Binghamton, having earned All-Rookie honors in
Cutrona was named second-team all-conference and was selected
to the America East All-Rookie Team. She has started 36 games
at second base, hit a pair of home runs and has five RBI. She
is just the second Binghamton freshman ever to be named to one
of the top two America East all-conference teams. Phillips was
a second-team selection in 2010.
Bump joins Cutrona on the All-Rookie team. She is the lone Binghamton
freshman who has started all 43 games this season. Heading into
the America East Tournament, she ranks second on the squad with
Binghamton (22-21, 10-7 AE) heads to the America East Tournament
first the first-time in its 10-year Division I era as the No.
3 seed. The Bearcats face No. 2 Albany in the opening round of
the double-elimination event on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The tournament
is being hosted by top-seeded Boston University.
NOTES: The last time Binghamton had a pair of players
named to the first team was in 2003, when Chellis and Michelle
Weeks both were tabbed. The preceding year, Chellis and Margaret
Yerdon were both selected ... since 2008, Binghamton has had
eight players earn All-Rookie honors, including Plemon (2008),
Tucker (2009), Phillips (2010), Cutrona and Bump ... Setterlund
was also the 2010 America East Player of the Year.