For Immediate Release: February 15, 2010
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Binghamton softball holds 2010 preseason media day

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The Binghamton softball team held their annual preseason media day today. First-year head coach Michelle Burrell is poised to lead the team in the 2010 season, which opens this Friday at the Georgia Southern Invite. Burrell, junior catcher Deannie Plemon and sophomore infielder Briana Andrews spoke to the media.

Softball Head Coach Michelle Burrell

On her thoughts heading into the season...
"I'm really excited for the season to begin, and I know our coaches and players are anxious as well. They've been working really hard in the winter and preseason, as well as last fall and I think their preparation will pay off this year."

On entering her first season at Binghamton...
"I hope that we come out and really surprise people. I think this is a good place to be, there's an environment here in which we can really create a winning tradition."

On not being able to practice outside...
"It's always a challenge for us being in the northeast, figuring out how to plan your practices indoors. We have been doing a lot of live hitting and live pitching, but what we get behind on is the live defensive situations. I think we are prepared on the hitting and pitching ends but we are going to have to get used to fielding on dirt, as well as our outfielders getting some depth."

On returning to her hometown area (Owego HS alum)...
"It's been great to come back to the area and reconnect with local and travel coaches and high school coaches, teammates, former teammates and fans and its great to see how committed they still are to softball."

Sophomore infielder Briana Andrews

On the team making improvements...
"We feel like we have the potential ... we honestly feel like we are right there, still competing with the best of the teams and making top four of the conference [tournament] is not that far out of our reach."

On BU's young team growing...
"It's great that we have such a young team so we can definitely grow together, which is huge... right now we have a great young team and we are ready to grow."

Junior catcher Deannie Plemon

On working with the team's young pitchers...
"Our pitchers have been working really hard, and we have a young staff, so I think that their dedication to the team is really going to help us a lot."

On the team's new coaching staff...
"We really like our new coach; she has brought in a lot of new techniques we haven't seen in the past. Everything that is being brought in is positive and its definitely going to build our team in a better way."

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