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For Immediate Release: March 29, 2010
Contact: Matt Muzza (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Phillips slugs her way to top weekly AE rookie accolade
Becomes second Bearcat in as many weeks to garner honor

Conference release

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Redshirt freshman Jessica Phillips slammed four home runs in five games last week to earn the America East softball Rookie of the Week honor for the week ending March 28. Phillips follows classmate Rhoda Marsteller as the second Bearcat to win the award in as many weeks.

"Jess is doing a great job at the plate," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "After taking last year off, she is getting more comfortable in the box every time we play. She has been one of our most consistent hitters and has really come through in clutch situations."

On the week Phillips batted .313 with an eye-popping 1.125 slugging percentage and eight RBI. Phillips also crushed two home runs in one game when Binghamton defeated Albany on March 28, 6-4.

Phillips also went deep twice earlier in the week in a doubleheader sweep of Marist. Currently, Phillips leads or is tied for the team lead on the season in batting average (.321), runs (15), hits (18), doubles (5), home runs (7), RBI’s (15) and slugging percentage (.786). She also ranks second in the AE in slugging percentage and home runs in overall games.

Phillips' seven home runs also tie the single-season record at BU, held by Nicole Vitello (2004 and 2005).

The Bearcats will make their home debut this week, first with a doubleheader against Siena on Wednesday and a three-game conference tilt with UMBC Friday-Saturday.

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