Release: June 14, 2011
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Phillips ranked nationally in four offensive statistical categories
Sophomore outfielder is No. 16 in batting average, No. 27 in home runs per game
VESTAL, N.Y.-- The 2011 NCAA Division I softball season has concluded and sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips is nationally ranked in four offensive statistical categories. She ranked No. 16 with a .435 batting average and No. 27 with 0.30 home runs per game. In addition, she was fifth overall with a .576 on-base percentage and No. 10 with a .863 slugging percentage.
The accomplishments of Phillips have not gone unnoticed this season. In addition to being named the America East Co-Player of the Year, she was tabbed first-team All-Mid Atlantic Region for the second year in a row. With a conference-best .435 batting average and 14 home runs, Phillips became the first player to lead the America East in both categories since Sarah Jewitt of Maine hit .409 with 15 home runs in 2000.
"Jessica worked very hard to improve this year and we are very happy for her," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "Offensively and defensively, she did great for us this season."
Defensively, sophomore pitcher Kate Price tied for ninth nationally with five saves. In addition to setting the single-season Binghamton program record, she ranks first all time with eights saves.
As a team, Binghamton ranked No. 26 in the nation with 1.06 home runs per game. The Bearcats set the program record with 50 home runs in 2011. Besides Phillips' exploits, senior Deannie Plemon belted 11 home runs while junior Meghan Tucker and senior Stephanie DeLuca drilled six home runs each.
Binghamton finished the 2011 season 23-23 (10-7 AE) and placed third at the America East Tournament.
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