Release: April 14, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton sophomore Kristen Emerling hurled a five-inning shutout to lead BU (16-12) to an 8-0 win over Niagara (8-12) in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader at the East Gym Field on Wednesday. Niagara took game one of the day 9-2.
"I thought Kristen threw an excellent game in game two," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "We really needed to come back and get the second game after a rough first game in the field."
Emerling pitched five innings of shutout work, scattering five hits, walking one and striking out two. The pitching gem marked the first time a BU player posted a shutout this season without the aid of any relievers. Emerling also improves her team-best record to 9-2.
Binghamton entered the fifth inning leading 6-0, and the game was abruptly ended when sophomore designated hitter Chelsea Horne launched a two-run homer over the right field fence to give BU an eight-run lead after the minimum inning limit to end the game.
Horne was 2-for-3 on the day and also had an RBI-single in Binghamton's three run third.
Also in the third inning, junior catcher Deannie Plemon broke the single-season school home run record with her eighth blast of the year. Plemon also now has 17 in her career and trails Nicole Vitello's (2003-06) mark of 18. Vitello held the single-season home run record of seven (2004 and 2005).
Binghamton had already built up a lead after the plating three runs in the second inning in the nightcap. Sophomores Colleen Whitaker and Meghan Tucker along with freshman Jessica Phillips each had RBI singles to get BU on their way.
Phillips, Horne and Whitaker each had two hits in the game for BU.
The Bearcats dropped the opener to Niagara 9-2. Julie DiMatteo did not allow a run until the sixth inning while allowing six hits, walking one and striking out four.
Niagara posted a four-run third inning on two doubles and a two-run home run by Jennifer Hare.
Binghamton was troubled by four fielding errors in game one.
The Bearcats will entertain Hartford on Friday and Saturday in America East play at the East Gym Field.
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