Release: March 12, 2011
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BU softball sweeps pair of games at George Mason Tournament
drives in three runs, Laney and Price combine for shutout
Box score: Binghamton vs. George Mason
score: Binghamton vs. Bucknell
FAIRFAX, VA.-- Sophomore outfielder
Phillips drove in three runs and freshman pitcher Demi
Laney and sophomore pitcher Kate
Price combined on a four-hit shutout, highlighting Binghamton's
sweep of two games at the George Mason Softball Tournament. The
Bearcats (5-2) defeated the host Patriots (5-5) 3-2 before blanking
Bucknell (1-11) 1-0.
With the pair of victories, Binghamton is off to its best start
since going 5-1-1 in the first seven games of the 2004 season.
Since losing 5-4 against Elon in the season-opener last Friday,
the Bearcats have reeled off five wins in their last six outings.
"Our pitchers did a good job today," head coach Michelle
Burrell said. "They all showed good composure on the mound.
Offensively, we need to work on being smarter and more aggressive
at the plate because we had opportunities to score a lot more
Phillips, who has now hit safely in six straight games, belted
a two-run home run in the top of the third inning against George
Mason to break open a scoreless game. In the top of the fifth
inning, she singled up the middle and later scored on a double
by senior catcher Deannie
The Patriots cut the lead to 3-2 on a two-run single by junior
shortstop Rachael Davies in the bottom of the fifth inning. They
were, however, held scoreless the rest of the way.
Junior pitcher Kristen
Emerling went the distance, scattering two runs on six hits
and striking out five batters to raise her record to 2-1. Junior
pitcher Miranda Cranford, whose record is also now 2-1, took
the loss for George Mason.
Against Bucknell, Phillips singled home junior outfielder Meghan
Tucker in the top of the third inning for the only run of
the game. Laney, meanwhile, went the first 4.2 innings, allowing
just three hits and striking out four batters to raise her record
Price earned her second save of the season by surrendering just
one hit and not issuing a walk over the final 2.1 innings. She
also struck out four batters to record her second save of the
Sophomore pitcher Bridget Gates took the loss for the Bison,
dropping her record to 0-5.
The Bearcats now have thrown two shutouts in their first seven
games this season.
Binghamton faces off against Cornell at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday
and George Mason at 3:45 in the final day of the tournament.
NOTES: Phillips finished the day 3-for-6 with two runs
and three RBI. She is now hitting a team-best .550 for the season
with three home runs and 10 RBI ... Plemon has seven RBI and
has driven in a run in all but two games this season. In the
process, she extended her school record to 86 RBI for her career.