Release: March 11, 2011
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BU softball beats Bucknell 5-1 in first day of George Mason Tournament
drives in three runs, Bump scores twice
Box score: Binghamton vs. Bucknell
FAIRFAX, VA.-- Sophomore outfielder
Phillips doubled twice and drove in three runs, powering
Binghamton (3-2) to a 5-1 win over Bucknell (1-9) at the opening
day of the George Mason Softball Tournament on Friday afternoon.
With the victory over the defending Patriot League champions,
the Bearcats have taken three out of their last four games.
Phillips, who is now batting a team-best .571, broke open a scoreless
game with a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning.
She later scored on a sacrifice fly by senior catcher Deannie
Plemon. The Bison got a run back in the top of the third
inning when freshman shortstop Mallory Lyons drew a bases-loaded
walk but in the bottom of the frame, junior second baseman Briana
Andrews singled in a run to make it 4-1.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Phillips struck again, doubling
home the Bearcats' final run of the game.
Sophomore pitcher Rhoda
Marsteller started the contest, going 5.0 innings while scattering
one run on four hits. Fellow sophomore Kate
Price tossed a pair of hitless innings to nail down her first
save of the season.
"We did a good job coming out and getting runs early on,"
head coach Michelle Burrell said. "Rhoda and Kate had a
good combined effort on the mound."
Marsteller is 1-1 on the season while Alex MacLean of Bucknell,
who went the distance, falls to 1-7.
Freshman shortstop Jessica
Bump went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored a game-high two
runs. Freshman shortstop Shannon
Kane also had two hits in recording her second multiple-hit
game of the season.
Binghamton battles the host school at 10 a.m. and has a 2:30
p.m. rematch against Bucknell on Saturday as play continues at
the George Mason Tournament.
NOTES: Phillips has a team-best three doubles, two home
runs and seven RBI so far this season. Plemon is second on the
squad with six RBI ... in the first five games of the year, the
Bearcat pitching staff has held its opponents to a .207 batting
average and 1.57 ERA.