Release: April 24, 2011
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BU softball sweeps doubleheader from Maine 6-5 and 7-3
goes 4-for-7, homers three times and drives in five runs
Game 1 Box Score
2 Box Score
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior catcher
Plemon went 4-for-7 with three home runs and five RBI, leading
Binghamton (20-15, 8-3 AE) to a doubleheader sweep over Maine
(16-27, 6-8 AE) in America East softball action on Sunday afternoon
at the East Gym Field. The Bearcats rallied to win the opener
6-5 and took the nightcap 7-3.
Plemon homered twice in the first game as the Bearcats came back
from a 4-1 deficit to pull out the victory. She drilled a two-run
shot in the bottom of the third inning, making the score 4-3.
Hilary Kane stretched the Maine lead to 5-3 in the top of the
fourth inning but Plemon led off the bottom of the fifth inning
with her second home run in as many trips to the plate. Five
batters later, junior outfielder Meghan
Tucker tied the game on a RBI single.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Plemon was involved in the
decisive play of the game. With runners on first and third, she
faked a bunt as part of a double steal. The throw to second went
into center field, allowing freshman shortstop Jessica
Bump to score the go-ahead run. The Black Bears then went
down in order in the top of the seventh inning.
Bump finished the game 2-for-3 with a career-high two doubles
and scored twice. Tucker and freshman second baseman Lisa
Cutrona also went 2-for-3.
The Bearcats' other run came courtesy of a bases-loaded walk
drawn by freshman third baseman Mikala
King in the bottom of the first inning. Up until that point,
Maine held a 3-1 lead.
Sophomore pitcher Kate
Price tossed four scoreless innings in relief to improve
her record to 3-4. Ashley Kelly was tagged with the loss and
is now 4-12.
Binghamton came out strong in the second game, scoring three
times in the bottom of the first inning to go up 3-0. Plemon
had a RBI single and King drove in another run on a sacrifice
Tucker belted a two-run home run in the bottom of the second
inning, stretching the lead to 5-0. It was her fourth home run
of the year.
Sophomore outfielder Jessica
Phillips and Plemon hit back-to-back home runs to lead off
the bottom of the fifth inning. Maine, however, broke the shutout
on a three-run home run by Terren Hall in the top of the sixth
Junior pitcher Kristen
Emerling scattered three runs (one of which was unearned)
on three hits and struck out four batters to get the complete-game
victory. Her record is now 7-4 while Kylie Sparks falls to 4-5.
Phillips, who went 3-for-6 in the doubleheader, finished with
three runs and a double to go along with her home run. She continues
to lead the conference in batting (.495), home runs (13) and
RBI (40). In addition, her slugging percentage remains at 1.000
and her on-base percentage is at .606.
Plemon now has a pair of multiple-home run games during her career.
She also homered twice against Hartford on April 18, 2010. For
the season, Plemon ranks second in the conference with 39 RBI
and second on the team with nine home runs.
King was making her first two starts of the season, reaching
base three times in addition to her two RBI. Bump, meanwhile,
scored three times during the doubleheader.
Binghamton and Maine are scheduled to conclude their weekend
series with an 11 a.m. game on Monday.
NOTES: Phillips and Plemon have now hit back-to-back home
runs twice this season. They first accomplished the feat against
Hartford on March 27 ... Plemon continues to be the Binghamton
program's all-time leader with 32 career home runs and 118 RBI.
Phillips is second all-time with 28 home runs and fourth with
73 RBI. Plemon also is ranked first all-time with 261 total bases
and 62 extra-base hits ... with 49 hits so far this season, Phillips
needs one more to tie Rose Barre (2006) and Plemon (2010), who
both had a Division I era-best 50 hits. Mollie Lehman (1997)
holds the program's all-time mark with 55 hits ... the program
record for home runs in a game in two and has been accomplished
multiple times in its 10-year Division I era.