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For Immediate Release: May 8, 2011
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

BU softball gains split against Boston University in season finale
Bearcats win opener 8-7, drop nightcap 7-4

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score
Post Game Interviews


VESTAL, N.Y.-- Junior outfielder Meghan Tucker went 5-for-8 with a home run and four RBI and freshman designated hitter Demi Laney smacked a three-run home run, highlighting the Binghamton softball team's split against first-place Boston University (31-16, 14-4) in the final America East conference doubleheader of the season for both teams. The Bearcats (22-21, 10-7 AE) rallied to win the opener 8-7 before dropping the nightcap 7-4.

Binghamton heads into its first trip to the America East Conference Tournament as the No. 3 seed and will start the four-team, double-elimination event against No. 2 Albany on Thursday. The top-seeded Terriers, meanwhile, will host the tournament and square off against No. 4 UMBC. Game times have yet to be determined.

In the opening game on Sunday, Tucker got the Bearcats on the board with a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips scored three batters later on a RBI groundout by senior first baseman Stephanie DeLuca.

From there, however, the Terriers reeled off seven unanswered runs to go up 7-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Binghamton then responded with six runs in the frame to go up 8-7. DeLuca doubled in the first run and Laney belted her three-run shot three batters later. Freshman shortstop Jessica Bump tied game on RBI double and sophomore outfielder Shannon Kane scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.

Sophomore pitcher Kate Price retired the side in the top of the seventh inning to pick up her fourth save of the season. Sophomore pitcher Rhoda Marsteller got the win to improve to 9-9 while Holli Floetker was tagged with the loss and is now 12-4.

Tucker finished the first game 2-for-4 with a home run and a double. Senior catcher Deannie Plemon went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.

Phiilips started the scoring in the nightcap with her conference-leading 14th home run of the season, putting Binghamton up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. The Terriers got a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning but in the bottom of the frame, Tucker connected on a two-run single, putting the Bearcats ahead 3-2.

It was the top of the fifth inning, however, which prove decisive in the second game. The Terriers plated four runs, highlighted by a two-run double by Amy Ekart.

Tucker trimmed the deficit to 6-3 on a RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning but Boston got an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning.

Whitney Tuthill went the distance to improve her record to 10-6. Laney, who pitched the last 3.2 and took the loss. Her record is now 3-1.

Freshman second baseman Lisa Cutrona went 2-for-3 in the second game and scored twice.

NOTES: Laney has now homered in two of the past three games ... Phillips also finishes the regular season as the America East's leading in batting (.444).

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