Release: March 28, 2011
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Phillips named America East Softball Player of the Week
outfielder hits .889 in three-game sweep over Hartford
America East Conference Release
VESTAL, N.Y.-- For the second
time in three weeks, sophomore outfielder Jessica
Phillips has been named the America East Softball Player
of the Week. She earned the award for her stellar performance
in Binghamton's three-game sweep at Hartford this past weekend.
Phillips went 8-for-9 (.889) against the Hawks, with two doubles,
four home runs and 11 RBI. She has now homered in a school-record
four consecutive games and is batting a conference-best .520
"Jessica is off to a great start this year," head coach
Michelle Burrell. "She obviously is a big offensive weapon
for us but she has also done a great job defensively as well."
In Saturday's doubleheader, Phillips belted her first career
grand slam in the first game and homered again in the nightcap.
She went 6-for-7 in the twinbill and scored five runs. On Sunday's
finale, Phillips went 3-for-3, homered twice, drove in four runs
and scored a career-high four times. She now has four career
games in which she has belted two home runs.
Through Sunday's games, Phillips also leads the America East
with eight home runs and 26 RBI. In addition, her on-base percentage
for the season is .619 and her slugging percentage is 1.041.
"Her consistency and power have improved this season,"
Burrell said. "I expected that after a year of college experience."
This marks the first time that a Bearcat has earned the America
East Player of the Week honors twice in one season. She has now
been the conference's top player three times during her career
(May 3, 2010 and March 14, 2011). Also in her freshman season,
she was named the America East Rookie of the Week three times.
Less than halfway through her sophomore season, Phillips has
already made her mark on the Binghamton record book. Her 23 career
home runs trails only senior Deannie
Plemon, who has 26. With 59 career runs batted in, Phillips
currently ranks fourth all-time in program history.
Binghamton (10-7, 3-0 AE) travels to St. Bonaventure on Thursday
for a 3 p.m. doubleheader. The Bearcats currently rank second
in the America East in both batting (.281) and pitching (1.90
PLEASE NOTE: Binghamton has been a member of the America
East Conference since 2002.