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For Immediate Release: March 21, 2010
Contact: Matt Muzza (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton sweeps St. Francis to claim Del. St. Invite Championship
Bearcats go 4-0 on the weekend and extend win streak to six games

BU 9, St. Francis (Pa.) 1
BU 7, St. Francis (Pa.) 0 (championship game)

DOVER, DEL. -- Freshmen Rhoda Marsteller and Kate Price combined for a one-hit shutout as the Binghamton softball team (8-5) blanked St. Francis (Pa.) (7-14) 7-0 in the championship game of the Delaware State Invite on Sunday. Earlier in the day in round robin play, the two teams also met, with Binghamton claiming a 9-1 win in that affair.

The win extends BU's Division I-record winning streak to six games and gives the program its first-ever DI in-season tournament championship.

"Overall I was really happy with the weekend," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "We saw everything come together, we played really good defense and we are continuing to play better as a team. We're looking to take this momentum into conference play next weekend."

Binghamton 9, St. Francis (Pa.) 1 (round robin play)

Sophomore Kristen Emerling (3-0) got Binghamton off to a positive start of the day by pitching five innings of four-hit ball, allowing one run and none earned. Price pitched the final two innings, and did not allow a hit, as BU took a 9-1 win.

The Bearcats offense first struck in the second inning when sophomore Briana Andrews hit a two-RBI double, and later scored on a single by Shannon McLeese.

BU plated four more runs in the fifth on three straight hits by junior Stephanie DeLuca, junior Kelly Schuldt and sophomore Meghan Tucker. DeLuca and Schuldt each doubled, with DeLuca knocking in two runs.

The Bearcats were able to cross two more runs in the seventh, keyed by a triple from senior Stephanie Valencia.

Andrews, McLeese, freshman Jessica Phillips, Schuldt and Valencia each had two hits in the game for Binghamton.

Binghamton 7, St. Francis (Pa.) 0 (championship game)

Later in the day, the freshman tandem of Marsteller (5-2) and Price teamed up for their one-hit shutout of the Red Flash in the championship game. Marsteller pitched the first five innings, giving up one hit in the fifth, and striking out three. Price again served as late inning relief, pitching the final two innings without giving up a hit. This was Binghamton's second shutout victory of the season.

The Bearcats got all the scoring they would need early in the game, crossing three runners in the first, one in the second and three more in the third.

Andrews led off the bottom of the first with a triple, and later scored by a single from Phillips. Later in the inning Schuldt's two-RBI single added to the lead.

Andrews scored again in the second on a double from junior Deannie Plemon.

BU finished the scoring in the third, taking advantage of two St. Francis errors.

Schuldt had two RBI on three hits in the championship game and five hits on the day. Plemon was 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Notes: Binghamton is now 8-5 in 2010 after going 7-36 in 2009 ... On the weekend, BU outscored its opponents 21-3 ... The Binghamton pitching staff allowed only one earned run in four games at the tournament.

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