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For Immediate Release: April 24, 2011
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

BU softball sweeps doubleheader from Maine 6-5 and 7-3
Plemon goes 4-for-7, homers three times and drives in five runs

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior catcher Deannie 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 fly.

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 inning.

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.

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