Release: March 19, 2011
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BU softball gains split in Day Two of James Madison Tournament
hits first grand slam by a Binghamton player since 2007
Box score: Binghamton vs. St. John's
score: Binghamton vs. James Madison
HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Junior
Tucker hit a grand slam as Binghamton (7-6) managed a split
in the second day of the James Madison Softball Tournament. The
Bearcats defeated St. John's (12-14) 5-3 but in the second game,
they lost 2-1 to the host Dukes (16-9) in the bottom of the seventh
Tucker's decisive blast capped a five-run Bearcat rally in the
bottom of the sixth inning against St. John's. With Binghamton
down 3-0, senior catcher Deannie
Plemon singled home sophomore outfielder Jessica
Phillips, who had started off the inning with a double. From
there, two of the next three batters were hit by a pitch, setting
the stage for Tucker's heroics. Her grand slam is first by a
Binghamton player since Mia Bieman hit one against Niagara on
March 11, 2007.
Until the Binghamton comeback, the story of the game had been
errors. The Bearcats committed five miscues and two of the runs
by the Red Storm were unearned. After going up 1-0 in the top
of the second inning, St. John's got a pair of unearned runs
in the top of the fifth inning.
Sophomore pitcher Kate
Price came on in relief in the third inning and got the win
by going 5.0 innings, allowing three hits, no earned runs and
striking out six batters. Her record improved to 2-1. Kat Lawrence
took the loss and is now 5-5.
Tucker's home run was her second of the season.
Binghamton struck first in the game against James Madison, as
junior third baseman Colleen
Whitaker doubled home Phillips in the top of the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the frame, however, Ashley Burnham led off with
a game-tying home run.
The score remained tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the seventh
inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Jasmine Butler singled
home the winning run.
Olivia McPherson (7-3) scattered one run on three hits and struck
out seven batters in 7.0 innings to get the win. Sophomore pitcher
Marsteller (1-3) took the loss.
Burnham finished the game 3-for-3 for the Dukes.
Plemon and senior first baseman Stephanie
DeLuca each finished the day 2-for-4.
Binghamton wraps up its weekend at the James Madison Tournament
with a 10 a.m. game against Lehigh on Sunday.
NOTES: Five of the Bearcats' six defeats this season have
been decided in extra innings or in the bottom of the seventh
inning ... the Bearcats continue to lead the America East with
a 1.77 team ERA ... Phillips, who is batting a team-best .405,
has reached base safely in 12 straight games. Her on-base percentage
is a team-best .532 and she scored a team-high 10 runs ... Plemon,
who is second on the squad with 10 RBI, has gone 4-for-13 (.308)
in Binghamton's last five games. She has also hit safely in five
of the Bearcats' last eight games.