Release: April 18, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Junior catcher Deannie Plemon's solo walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Binghamton (19-12, 6-6 AE) to a 8-7 win over Hartford (13-16, 2-10) in an America East softball game on Sunday afternoon at the East Gym Field. With the win, BU completed the series sweep of Hartford and moves to .500 (6-6) in America East play. Binghamton has now won four straight games.
"We just kind of felt that Deannie was going to do it at the end," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "Now we are getting back to where we need to be in conference."
Plemon's banner day also included a two-run homer in the fifth when BU was trailing 7-4 to cut the deficit to 7-6. Earlier, Plemon hit a two-RBI double in BU's three-run third. In total, Plemon was 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double and five RBI.
Hartford jumped out to a 4-1 run lead early, but the Bearcats got back into the game with a three-run third on the strength of the two-run double by Plemon.
The Hawks than went ahead 7-4 after plating three runs in the fourth on two doubles.
Senior Stephanie Valencia led off the fifth with a double before Plemon knocked her in with her first homer of the day. Later in the inning with two outs, it appeared sophomore Colleen Whitaker drew a walk on a 3-1 pitch and was headed to first. Hartford appealed and a strike was put on the board. On the next pitch, a 3-2 count, Whitaker poked a home run over the right field fence to tie the game at 7-7.
With sophomore Kristen Emerling in the circle in relief, the Bearcats were able to get out of the sixth and the seventh innings unharmed, forcing Hartford to strand three runners on base in the sixth and two in the seventh.
That set the stage for Plemon's heroics, who led off the bottom of the seventh and launched her second homer of the day, ending the game.
Emerling pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, giving up four hits, walking two and striking out one to earn the win. Emerling improved her record to 11-2 on the year and has yet to allow a run this season when coming out of the bullpen. She has pitched 23.1 innings of relief in nine games.
Hartford's Amanda Dilworth was 3-for-4 with three RBI and Nicole Springer hit a two-run home run.
Binghamton will return to action on Wednesday with a doubleheader at Colgate.
Notes: Plemon now has 19 homers in her three-year career, a new school record ... She also currently holds the single-season record with 10 homers ... With her five RBI in today's game, Plemon also sets a new record for most RBI in a season with 33 ... Emerling's 11th win of the season ties the Division I single-season record ... BU is now 8-2 at home this season.
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