For Immediate Release: March 12, 2011
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BU softball sweeps pair of games at George Mason Tournament
Phillips drives in three runs, Laney and Price combine for shutout

Box score: Binghamton vs. George Mason
Box score: Binghamton vs. Bucknell

FAIRFAX, VA.-- Sophomore outfielder Jessica 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 runs."

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 Plemon.

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 to 2-0.

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 season.

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.

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