For Immediate Release: May 12, 2010
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Plemon named first team all-conference; Phillips is Rookie of the Year
Emerling, Tucker and Marsteller also receive America East softball honors

[conference release...]

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Junior Deannie Plemon became the first Bearcat in five years to be named to the America East softball First Team and freshman outfielder Jessica Phillips was chosen as the AE Rookie of the Year, the conference office announced today. Sophomores Kristen Emerling and Meghan Tucker, along with Phillips were chosen to the second team and freshman Rhoda Marsteller was selected to the all-rookie team.

"We are excited that all of those recognized will be back with us next year," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "Jess and Rhoda had fantastic years as freshmen and I believe they will both only continue to improve over their next three years here. Kristen and Meghan worked hard in the off-season and really stepped up to fill some important roles for us. Deannie proved to be a great leader this year and consistently came through for us in clutch situations."

Plemon, a catcher, 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, 14 extra-base hits and a .767 on-base percentage. In America East action, Plemon led the league with a .925 slugging percentage, 24 RBI, and seven home runs. 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 runs batted in.

In addition to the rookie of the year award, Phillips was also named to the second team and to the all-rookie squad. An outfielder/designated player, Phillips set school single-season records for most runs (38), home runs (15), slugging percentage (.770) and walks (20). BU's leadoff hitter also ranked second on the team with a .435 on-base percentage. This is the first time a Bearcat softball player has won a major individual award. Phillips won three AE rookie of the week awards and one player of the week honor this season.

Tucker earned her second all-conference honor in as many years by batting .314 in conference games. The center fielder also hit eight doubles and scored 16 runs while starting all 43 games. Her six doubles in conference play ranked third in the league. Tucker was named to the conference all-rookie team in 2009.

Emerling emerged as the team's most productive pitcher in 2010, going 14-5 with a 1.95 ERA. In conference play, she was 7-3 with a 2.05 ERA. Her 14 wins is a school-single season record and she gave up only 31 earned runs in 111.0 innings. Emerling was lights out when entering games from the bullpen, hurling 23.1 scoreless innings in relief over nine appearances for a 5-0 record and a 0.00 ERA.

Marsteller posted a 10-9 record with a 3.16 ERA. She led the team with 126.1 innings, 116 strikeouts, 22 starts and eight complete games. In her career debut on Feb. 19, she pitched a complete game 10-inning win over Georgia Southern, striking out 10 batters and allowing only two earned runs.

All five of Binghamton's all-conference selections will return for the 2011 season. This group, along with first-year head coach Burrell, led BU to its first-winning season in its nine-year Division I history in 2010 and its 24 wins are a program record.

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