Release: April 17, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Freshman Rhoda Marsteller threw a one-hit shutout in the opener and the Binghamton (18-12, 5-6 AE) offense took care of the rest in a 9-0, 14-3 doubleheader sweep of Hartford (13-15, 2-9) in America East play on Saturday afternoon at the East Gym Field.
The Bearcats scored 23 runs on 22 hits with 20 RBI on the day and did not allow an earned run from the pitcher's circle.
"I thought our hitters did a really good job at the plate," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "Our hitters were disciplined and waited for good pitches."
In the opener, Marsteller retired the first nine batters in order en route to a six-inning shutout. The rookie allowed only one hit, walked one and struck out nine. Marsteller improves to 8-6 on the season.
BU plated four runs in the third, two in the fifth and three in the sixth to put the mercy rule into effect.
Sophomore Kristen Emerling improved to 10-2 on the season by picking up the win in the nightcap. Emerling pitched five innings, gave up three hits, three runs - none earned, and struck out two.
Binghamton entered the bottom of the third tied 3-3, but erupted for 11 runs in the inning on nine hits. Five of the hits were doubles and Phillips blasted a three-run triple. Horne hit a three-run double in the frame and junior catcher Deannie Plemon hit a two-run double.
In the second game, Horne was 2-for-2 with three RBI, Phillips was 2-for-3 with three RBI, Plemon had two RBI and junior Kelly Schuldt was 2-for-2 with three runs scored.
On the day, Horne was 4-for-5 with five RBI and two doubles, Phillips had three hits and four RBI and Whitaker had three hits and three RBI.
The two teams will play the series finale on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Notes: The 18 wins is the most for the Bearcats since the 2002 season (23) ... Plemon now has 28 RBI, one shy of single-season record (Jessica Chellis - 2002) ... Emerling's 10 wins are one shy of single-season record.
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