Release: April 14, 2011
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BU softball sweeps Colgate 5-3 and 4-3
hits 11th home run of season, Plemon belts first career grand
Game One Box Score: Binghamton 5, Colgate
Two Box Score: Binghamton 4, Colgate 3
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Sophomore outfielder
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
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.