Release: March 25, 2010
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Freshman Rhoda Marsteller and sophomore Kristen Emerling provided dominant pitching as the Binghamton softball team (10-5) swept Marist (4-16) 8-0 and 9-0, in five innings each. BU has now won eight straight games and is off to its best start through 15 games in their Division I era. The team has also posted shut out victories in three straight contests.
"Our pitchers did a really good job in both games to combine for the shutouts," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "And our hitters also did a really good job coming out early and scoring in the first few innings."
Binghamton 8, Marist 0
Marsteller improved to 6-2 on the season and lowered her ERA to 1.17 by pitching the first four innings of the opener, allowing only one hit and facing only two batters over the minimum. Emerling came in to the game in relief to pitch a scoreless fifth inning to close out the game.
Binghamton 9, Marist 0
Marsteller and Emerling combined once again for a shutout in the nightcap. Marsteller pitched the first two innings and Emerling the final three to earn the decision and move to 4-0 on the season.
The BU offense took advantage of shaky Marist pitching in the first inning, drawing four walks, a hit batsman, and six wild pitches to take a 3-0 lead on no hits in the frame.
After BU plated two more runs in the second, Phillips put the game out of reach with a three-run home run in the fourth inning.
Senior second baseman Stephanie Valencia was 4-for-4 on the day with a home run, Andrews had three hits, two doubles and three runs, and Phillips had two homers and four RBI.
The Bearcats will begin the America East portion of their schedule at Albany on Saturday.
Notes: During their eight-game winning streak, BU has outscored their opponents 46-6 ... This is the second time in its Division I era that BU has shut out three straight opponents (last was in 2003) ... The Bearcats have reached the 10-win plateau for the first time since 2006 ... Marsteller has not allowed an earned run in her last 20 innings.
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