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For Immediate Release: March 20, 2011
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

BU softball loses 9-5 to Lehigh on final day of James Madison Tournament
Phillips and DeLuca each drill two-run homers

Box score: Binghamton vs. Lehigh

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Alex Cueva and Liz Lucas each drove in three runs, powering Lehigh (8-10) to a 9-5 win over Binghamton (7-7) in the final day of the James Madison Softball Tournament. The loss was the Bearcats' second in three days against the Mountain Hawks.

With the game deadlocked a 4-4 in the bottom the sixth inning, Cueva hit a two-run triple down the right field line, giving Lehigh a lead it would never relinquish. Two batters later, Lucas blew the game open with a three-run home run. It was her second home run in as many games against the Bearcats.

Binghamton came out strong as sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips belted a two-run home run in the top of the first inning. It was her team-high fourth home run of the season and gave the Bearcats a quick 2-0 advantage.

Lehigh got a run back in the bottom of the first inning but senior first baseman Stephanie DeLuca drilled a two-run home run of her own in the top of the second inning, extending the lead to 4-1. It was her first home run of the season.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Audra Wood tripled home a pair of runs, trimming the deficit to 4-3. One batter later, she scored the tying run on a single by Cueva.

Following the Mountain Hawks' five-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth inning, Binghamton got a run back on a RBI single by Phillips in the top of the seventh inning. She was left on base, however, when the game ended.

Rebecca Bliss (4-1) got the win for Lehigh while sophomore pitcher Kate Price (2-2) took the loss. All five runs she allowed, however, were unearned, due to a pair of Bearcat errors in the decisive sixth inning.

Phillips, who is batting a team-high .439, went 3-for-4 with a run and 3 RBI. Freshman outfielder Anna Blessing went 2-for-3 and scored once.

Binghamton opens conference play next Saturday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Hartford.

NOTES: Phillips has also reached base safely in 13 straight games. Her on-base percentage is a team-best .549 and she scored a team-high 11 runs. In addition, Phillips has a team-best 15 RBI ... DeLuca has hit safely in the Bearcats' last three games, going 3-for-6 during that stretch ... in the three games she played this weekend, Blessing scored a pair of runs ... senior catcher Deannie Plemon has hit safely in six of the past nine games.

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