For Immediate Release: April 19, 2011
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BU softball swept by Maryland in doubleheader 5-0 and 3-2
Phillips goes 2-for-5 with two doubles, Plemon drives in pair of runs

Game 1 Box Score
Game 2 Box Score

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Kerry Hickey fired a three-hit shutout in the opener and Nikki Maier singled in the winning run in the eighth inning of the nightcap, leading Maryland (30-13) to a doubleheader sweep over Binghamton (17-14) in non-conference softball action on Tuesday evening at Taylor Stadium. The Terps won the first game 5-0 before securing a 3-2 walkoff win in the finale.

Maryland came into the evening with a RPI rating of No. 31, the highest ranked opponent that Binghamton has faced this season. The last time the two squads met in 2005, current Binghamton head coach Michelle Burrell was in her final season as the Terps' top assistant coach.

Hickey improved her record to 12-6 by striking out 10 batters and not issuing a walk. The Terps got all their runs in the bottom of the first inning. With only two hits in that frame, Maryland was aided by a pair of Bearcat errors which resulted in all five runs being unearned.

Sophomore pitcher Rhoda Marsteller took the loss and is now 7-6.

In game two, senior catcher Deannie Plemon broke the scoring drought for Binghamton with a two-run single in the top of the first inning. She now ranks second on the team with 34 RBI this season and has a school-record 113 for her career.

Maryland got a run back in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI double by Marisha Branson. The Terps then deadlocked the game in the bottom of the fifth inning on a double by Vangie Galindo. Both Branson and Galindo finished the game with two hits.

It was Branson who doubled again to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. She scored two batters later on the single by Maier.

Kendra Knight was the winning pitcher and is now 7-5. Sophomore Kate Price was tagged with the loss and is now 2-4.

Sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles in the second game. She also drew a walk. She continues to lead the America East Conference with a .500 batting average. Phillips is also tied with Plemon for the team lead with 10 doubles.

Binghamton heads to Longwood for a 1:30 p.m. doubleheader on Thursday.

NOTES: Plemon has 12 RBI in the last six games. She has driven in at least one run in each of those contests. Against Maryland, Plemon hit safely in both games ... Phillips' two doubles ties her career high, which she set against UMBC on April 2, 2010 ... Maryland is one of three teams from the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference), that Binghamton has faced during its 10-year Division I era. The Bearcats have also met Virginia once and NC State twice. The Terps are currently tied for the second place in their conference (6-4).

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