Release: April 3, 2011
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BU softball gains split against Niagara in home opener
win game one 7-2 but fall in second game 5-4
Game 1 Box Score: Binghamton 7, Niagara
2 Box Score: Niagara 5, Binghamton 4
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Sophomore outfielder
Phillips hit her second grand slam of the season, highlighting
the Binghamton softball team's split against visiting Niagara
on Sunday afternoon at the East Gym Complex. The Bearcats (11-8)
took the first game 7-2 but the Purple Eagles (8-10) rallied
for a 5-4 win in the nightcap.
Including Sunday's doubleheader, Phillips is hitting an America
East Conference-best .500, has nine home runs and 31 RBI. She
has hit safely in her last six games, which has included six
home runs and her two grand slams. Furthermore, Phillips has
reached base safely in 18 straight games.
With Binghamton down 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning in
the opener, the Bearcats loaded the bases for Phillips, who belted
a 2-0 pitch over the center field fence. The Bearcats loaded
the bases again and freshman second baseman Lisa
Cutrona was hit by a pitch, increasing the lead to 5-1. Binghamton
scored two more runs in the inning on a Niagara fielding error.
Junior pitcher Kristen
Emerling got the win, going five innings and allowing just
one earned run. Her record is now 4-2. Freshman pitcher Demi
Laney tossed the final two scoreless innings, striking out
five batters in the process. Julie DiMatteo took the loss, dropping
her record to 0-4.
Junior outfielder Meghan
Tucker went 2-for-3 in the first game.
In the nightcap, Phillips singled home a run in the bottom of
the first inning, breaking open a scoreless game. Two innings
later, Binghamton loaded the bases and senior first baseman Stephanie
DeLuca was hit by a pitch. Cutrona followed with a walk,
increasing the lead to 3-0.
Niagara got a pair of runs back in the top of the fourth inning.
Kristin Sito scored on a ground out and Teresa Healy made it
a one-run game when she scored on a sacrifice fly.
Plemon doubled in a run in the bottom of the fourth inning,
giving the Bearcats a 4-2 lead. The Purple Eagles, however, cut
the deficit to 4-3 in the top of the fifth inning on a RBI double
by Maggie McDonald.
The fateful inning for the Bearcats, however, was the top of
the sixth. With two outs and runners on second and third base,
the Bearcats made a costly fielding error, which allowed both
the tying and go-ahead runners to score.
Binghamton left 11 runners on base in the nightcap, including
two in the bottom of the sixth inning and one when the game ended
an inning later.
Kim Bryson (4-4) was the winning pitcher while Kate
Price (2-3) got tagged with the loss.
Plemon went 2-for-4 in the second game with a pair of doubles
while DeLuca went 2-for-3 and reached base three times. Freshman
Bump was also 2-for-4 in the nightcap and scored a pair of
Binghamton heads to St. Bonaventure for a 3 p.m. doubleheader
NOTES: Bump has hit safely in the past four games ...
Phillips' other grand slam came against Hartford on March 18.
Binghamton now has a Division I program-record three grand slams
this season. Tucker hit the Bearcats' first grand slam of the
season against St. John's on March 19. Prior to this season,
Binghamton had not hit a grand slam since 2007.