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For Immediate Release: February 28, 2009
Contact: Matt Muzza (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton softball picks up two wins at Gael Classic
Pair of freshmen earn victories on the mound for BU

Binghamton 1, Brown 0
Binghamton 4, St. Mary's 3

MORAGA, Calif. - Freshman pitchers Kristen Emerling and Megan Tucker each earned their first career wins and helped lead Binghamton (2-2) over Brown (1-2) 1-0 and St. Mary's (4-10) 4-3 on the second day of the Gael Classic on Saturday.

"The team was focused from start to finish," head coach Ali Brian said. "Everyone worked well together, the communication was great, the defense was solid and the pitching was as good as you could ask for."

Emerling (1-0) was dazzling in her debut for Binghamton, throwing a complete game shutout while scattering four hits and walking five to pick up the 1-0 victory over Brown.

The Bearcats got the only run they would need in the bottom of the first when senior leadoff hitter Sandy Meadows drew a walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch and then was moved to third on an infield single by senior Michelle Olivieri. With the runners on the corners, Olivieri took off to steal second and Meadows advance home on the throw to second, plating the only run of the game.

Binghamton had a solid game defensively to back Emerling by turning two double plays and forcing Brown to strand eight base runners.

Tucker (1-0) got the call in the nightcap against host St. Mary's for the Bearcats and pitched five innings, allowing three runs but none earned and left the game with a 4-3 lead. Junior Cyrilla Suker came out of the bullpen and retired six of seven batters over the last two innings to earn the save and preserve Tucker's first collegiate win.

Binghamton tied the game at 1-1 in the second when sophomore Stephanie DeLuca doubled to left center, scoring Tucker. DeLuca was 2-for-3 in the game and Tucker scored twice against the Gaels to help her own cause.

The Bearcats added another run in the third and then crossed two more in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead. Tucker retired the first two batters in the top of the fifth but then St. Mary's made a rally and tallied two runs in the inning to cut the score to 4-3, before Suker came in to close out the game.

The Bearcats will conclude their opening weekend with a single game tomorrow against Utah Valley at 1 p.m. EST.

Notes:
Meadows was 3-for-5 on the day with two runs scored and extended her hitting streak, which dates back to last season, to seven games ... Binghamton committed two errors against St. Mary's which resulted in all of three of their runs being unearned

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