For Immediate Release: April 14, 2011
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BU softball sweeps Colgate 5-3 and 4-3
Phillips hits 11th home run of season, Plemon belts first career grand slam

Game One Box Score: Binghamton 5, Colgate 3
Game Two Box Score: Binghamton 4, Colgate 3

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips hit her team-high 11th home run of the season and senior catcher Deannie Plemon drilled her first career grand slam, powering Binghamton (15-11) to a sweep over Colgate (17-14) in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday afternoon at the East Gym Field. The Bearcats won by scores of 5-3 and 4-3 respectively.

Phillips, who continues to bat .500 this season, went 3-for-3 in the first game. Her solo home run in the bottom of the first inning gave the Bearcats an early 1-0 advantage. Freshman Anna Blessing made it 2-0 an inning later when she stole home as part of a double steal.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bearcats tacked on three more runs. With the bases loaded, Plemon was hit by a pitch and senior first baseman Stephanie DeLuca followed up with a sacrifice fly. Two runs scored on the play, including Phillips from second base.

Colgate got on the board in the top of the sixth inning when Jennifer Martin scored on a wild pitch. One inning later, Natalie Siedhof belted a two-run home run. The Raiders, however, left the bases loaded when the game ended.

Junior pitcher Kristen Emerling improved her record to 6-2 with the win and freshman pitcher Demi Laney recorded her second save of the year. Rachel Lecoq was tagged with the loss, dropping her record to 11-5.

Sophomore designated hitter Shannon Kane went 2-for-3 in the first game and scored a run. Phillips' two runs was the game high.

Alana Dyson of Colgate went 4-for-5 in the opener. As a team, however, the Raiders stranded 15 runners in the first game.

In the nightcap, Plemon's grand slam came in the bottom of the fourth inning, with the Bearcats in a 2-0 hole. It was her fourth home run of the season.

In the top of the fourth inning, Siedhof struck again, with a home run well over the left field fence to trim the deficit to 4-3. The Raiders, however, stranded the tying run at third base to end the inning.

Sophomore pitcher Kate Price came in the fifth inning and pitched three scoreless frames to earn her third save of the season. She surrendered just two hits and struck out a pair of batters during that stretch.

Sophomore pitcher Rhoda Marsteller (5-5) was the winning pitcher while Courtney O'Connell took the loss and is now 6-8.

"It was good to get the sweep today," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "Deannie's grand slam was clutch for us and Kate was fantastic when she pitched."

Binghamton heads to UMBC for a America East Conference weekend series. The two squads will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday and a single game at noon on Sunday.

NOTES: Binghamton has now won eight out of its last 12 games. Colgate is currently in first place in the Patriot League with a perfect 8-0 record ... Plemon now has a program-record 106 RBI for her career. Before this season, Jami Pier (1997-00) held the mark with 100 RBI ... Phillips and Plemon continue to be the top two RBI leaders on the team this season with 35 and 27 respectively. For her career, Phillips has 68 RBI, which ranks fourth all-time in the Binghamton record books ... Plemon and Phillips are also the top two home run leaders in Binghamton history. Plemon's grand slam gives her a school-record 27 homers while Phillips ranks right behind her with 26. ... Phillips now has six games this season with at least three hits ... Kane now has six multiple-hit games this season ... Price's six career saves also represents the most in school history ... as a team, Binghamton has now hit five grand slams this season. Phillips has two while Plemon, DeLuca and junior outfielder Meghan Tucker have one each.

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