For Immediate Release: May 3, 2010
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Phillips claims America East Player, Rookie of the Week honors

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Freshman outfielder Jessica Phillips was awarded both the America East softball Player and Rookie of the week awards for the week ending May 2, the conference office announced on Monday.

"Jess has been doing a fantastic job both at the plate and on defense," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "She sets a great tone for us at the plate as our leadoff hitter."

This is the second time Phillips has been named rookie of the week and it is her first player of the week award. The revived Binghamton program has won eight weekly awards this season. BU won just six weekly awards in their first eight years (2002-09) in the conference.

Phillips blasted five home runs in five games last week to help lead Binghamton to a 3-2 record, including a series win over Stony Brook. On the week, Phillips batted .500, slugged a monstrous 1.643, knocked in seven runs, scored eight, and led the team with a .632 on-base percentage.

Phillips homered twice in a win over St. Bonaventure and once in a loss to the Bonnies and also went deep in both of BU's wins over Stony Brook. Phillips raised her season batting average to .341 and now has a school-record 15 homers this year. Phillips has homered three times to lead off the game in the first inning.

Binghamton will host Cornell in a doubleheader on Tuesday.

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