For Immediate Release: March 14, 2011
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Phillips named America East Softball Player of the Week
Sophomore outfielder leads Bearcats to 4-1 effort at George Mason Tournament

America East Conference Release

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips has been named the America East Softball Player of the Week. She earned the award for her performance at the George Mason Tournament this past weekend, in which the Bearcats went 4-1 overall.

In five games, Phillips went 6-for-15 (.400), scored three runs, ripped three doubles, homered once and had eight RBI. She also drew four walks, which gave her an on-base percentage of .526.

"Jessica has been very consistent for us at the plate," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "She is doing a great job when we have runners on base."

After being named the America East Rookie of the Year in 2010, Phillips has picked right up where she left off through the first nine games this season. She leads the Bearcats in batting, with a .462 average, has homered three times and driven in 12 runs.

This marks the second time in her career that Phillips has been named the America East Player of the Week. She was also honored on May 3, 2010. In addition, Phillips was named the conference's Rookie of the Week three times during her freshman season (March 29, April 20 and May 3).

With a 6-3 record, Binghamton is off to its best start in its 10 years as a Division I program. The 2004 squad had a 5-3-1 record nine games into the season.

Binghamton returns to action at the James Madison Tournament next Friday-Sunday.

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