Release: February 20, 2010
STATESBORO Ga. -- Junior Deannie Plemon hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift Binghamton (2-2) over Oakland (0-4) 5-4 on the second day of Georgia Southern's Eagle Classic. Later in bracket play, Georgia Southern (2-2) beat Binghamton 6-4. Binghamton will have a rematch with Oakland on Sunday for the third-place game.
"Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the team," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "They've done a good job playing all seven innings and not getting down and we've been able to come back into games."
After giving up four runs in the bottom of the sixth to allow Oakland to take a 4-3 lead, senior Stephanie Valencia singled in the seventh to set Plemon up for her second home run in as many days and the eventual game-winning runs.
Freshman Rhoda Marsteller improved to 2-0 on the season, giving up four runs, five hits and striking out eight batters. Marsteller started the game and came out in the bottom of the sixth for four batters, but re-entered in the inning to get the final out. After the Bearcats took the lead in the seventh, Marsteller mowed down the Oakland lineup in order to secure the victory.
With the win, Binghamton earned the two-seed for bracket play and was pitted against number three Georgia Southern later in the day. Georgia Southern earned the 6-4 victory and took advantage of five Binghamton errors.
The Bearcats beat the Eagles by the same score on Friday in round robin play.
Phillips, junior Stephanie DeLuca and junior Kelly Schuldt each had two hits for BU in the nightcap, with Phillips connecting on her second home run of the day, a solo shot in the seventh inning as BU was trying to stage a comeback.
Binghamton will play Oakland at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
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