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For Immediate Release: March 20, 2010
Contact: Matt Muzza (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton softball beats Rhode Island, Delaware State
Marsteller, Emerling each shine on mound for 2-0 day at invite

[BU 3, Rhode Island 1 box score..]
[BU 2, Delaware State 1 box score...]

DOVER, DEL. -- Freshman Rhoda Marsteller and sophomore Kristen Emerling each pitched complete game victories as Binghamton softball (6-5) defeated Rhode Island 3-1, and beat Delaware State 2-1 in the first day of the Delaware State Invite on Saturday in Dover.

"Rhoda [Marsteller] did a great job on the mound against Rhode Island and she really settled down as the game went on," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "We also played really good defense today and we are really happy to put everything together."

Binghamton 3, Rhode Island 1

BU started the day with a 3-1 win over the Rams. Marsteller improved to 4-2 on the season as she pitched a complete game, scattering six hits, giving up one run and none earned. She also struck out 10 batters and walked only one.

Freshman Jessica Phillips provided the offense for BU, going 2-for-3, with two RBI. Phillips hit a double in the first inning to put the Bearcats on the board and later hit a solo home run to extend the lead.

Junior Kelly Schuldt also had two hits in the game for Binghamton.

Binghamton 2, Delaware State 1

Emerling guided the Bearcats to a 2-1 win over Delaware State in the nightcap, pitching a complete game, giving up five hits, one run and no walks.

Binghamton manufactured a run in the first inning as leadoff hitter Briana Andrews singled, Shannon McLeese bunted her to second and Phillips knocked Andrews in.

Delaware State tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, but Andrews plated pinch runner Shannon Kane for the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh.

Emerling retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the win and move to 2-0 on the season.

Binghamton will play St. Francis (Pa.) at 9 a.m. in their final round robin game of the tournament. St. Francis is also 2-0 on the weekend and both teams will meet again later in the day in the championship game of the tournament regardless of the outcome of the first game.

Note: Binghamton is on a four-game winning streak. This is the first team the team has won four in a row since 2006.

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