Release: March 27, 2011
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BU softball completes series sweep at Hartford with 13-2 victory
homers twice, Bearcats tie Division I era record with 16 hits
Box Score: Binghamton 13, Hartford
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Sophomore
Phillips hit two home runs, powering Binghamton (10-7, 3-0
AE) to a 13-2, six-inning win over Hartford (3-14, 0-3 AE) in
an America East Conference softball game on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Bearcats sweep the three-game weekend series
from the host Hawks.
In addition to reaching the 10-run mark for the third straight
game, Binghamton tied its NCAA Division I-era record with 16
hits, a mark it set against Vermont on May 7, 2005 and later
tied against Stony Brook on April 9, 2006. The all-time program
mark of 19 hits was set against Geneva on March 21, 1998, when
Binghamton was still competing at the Division II level.
"Our offense kept going today," head coach Michelle
Burrell said. "We were glad that we were able to pick up
where we left off yesterday."
Phillips, meanwhile, now has four career games with two home
runs. She is the most recent Bearcat to have accomplished that
feat, having last done so against St. Bonaventure on April 28,
2010. Against Hartford on Sunday, Phillips went a perfect 3-for-3,
scored a career-high four runs and tied her career high with
In her last four games, Phillips has hit five home runs. She
is the first player in school history ever to homer in four consecutive
Also going 3-for-3 for Binghamton on Sunday was junior third
Whitaker, who hit a two-run home run and finished with three
RBI. Senior catcher Deannie
Plemon added a triple, a home run and also drove in three
It didn't take long for Phillips to get going, as she drilled
a solo home run in the top of the first inning, putting the Bearcats
up 1-0. Hartford tied the game in the bottom of the same inning
on a RBI single by Nicole Springer.
Phillips and Plemon hit back-to-back home runs to key a four-run
third inning as Binghamton went ahead at 5-1. After Phillips'
two-run shot, Plemon belted her second home run in as many games.
One inning later, Binghamton tacked on another four runs to go
up 9-1. Phillips singled in a run and later scored on a RBI single
After Hartford got a run back in the bottom of the fourth inning,
the Bearcats iced the game with four more runs in the top of
the sixth inning. Plemon had a two-run triple and scored one
batter later when Whitaker hit a two-run home run.
Sophomore pitcher Rhoda
Marsteller got the win and is now 3-3. Springer took the
loss and has a record of 0-3. Both Hartford runs were unearned.
Freshman shortstop Jessica
Bump went 3-for-4, scored three times and drove in a pair
of runs. Freshman second baseman Lisa
Cutrona also scored twice.
Binghamton heads to St. Bonaventure on Thursday for a 3 p.m.
NOTES: Phillips is now hitting a conference-best .520
this year. She also leads the Bearcats with eight home runs,
26 RBI and has scored 20 runs. In addition, she has a 1.140 slugging
percentage and a .619 on-base percentage. In the weekend series
against Hartford, Phillips went 8-for-9 (.889), homered four
times and drove in 11 runs. She also scored nine times and drew
a pair of walks ... in 17 games this season, Binghamton as a
team has hit 23 home runs ... the three-game conference sweep
is Binghamton's first on the road since it joined the America
East in 2002 ... Plemon currently has a six-game hitting streak,
having gone 8-for-20 (.400) during that stretch. Against Hartford,
she went 5-for-12 (.417), homered twice and drove in eight runs.