For Immediate Release: April 6, 2011
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BU softball gains split at Siena
Bearcats win opener 6-2 but drop nightcap 8-7

Game 1 Box Score: Binghamton 6, Siena 2
Game 2 Box Score: Siena 8, Binghamton 7

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips went 5-for-6 with a home run and senior first baseman Stephanie DeLuca hit a grand slam, highlighting the Binghamton softball team's performance in a non-conference doubleheader at Siena on Wednesday afternoon. The Bearcats (12-9) won the opener 6-2 but the Saints (11-16) held on for an 8-7 triumph in the finale.

Phillips went a perfect 4-for-4 in the first game. She singled home a pair of runs in the top of the third inning, putting the Bearcats ahead 2-1. One batter later, she was doubled home by senior catcher Deannie Plemon.

Binghamton padded the lead on a RBI single by Meghan Tucker in the fourth inning and a solo home run by freshman outfielder Anna Blessing in the fifth inning. The Saints got a run back when Shannon Jones homered in the bottom of the sixth inning but Plemon singled in the Bearcats' final run of the game in the top of the seventh inning.

Junior pitcher Kristen Emerling improved her record to 5-2 with the win while Amanda Filippazzo fell to 4-7 with the loss. Freshman pitcher Demi Laney picked up her first career save.

Blessing and sophomore designated hitter Shannon Kane each scored a pair of runs in the opener.

DeLuca, meanwhile, belted her first career grand slam with the Bearcats down 8-1 in the top of the sixth inning of the nightcap. Binghamton then pulled to within 8-6 on a RBI single by Tucker before Siena was able to get out of the inning.

Earlier in the game, Tucker scored on a triple by Kane in the top of the third inning to tie the game at 1-1. Siena, however, reeled off four runs in the bottom of the same inning and three more in the fifth inning to take an 8-1 lead. Kayla Karminsky had a two-run single in the third inning and Jones delivered a two-run home run in the fifth inning.

Phillips cut the deficit to 8-7 with her team-best 10th home run of the season with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Plemon followed with a double but the tying run was left on second base when the game ended.

Mandy Ferro raised her record to 1-1 with the victory while sophomore pitcher Rhoda Marsteller was tagged with the loss and is now 3-4.

Tucker went a perfect 3-for-3 in the second game while Kane had a pair of hits. Phillips scored a team-high two runs.

Binghamton hosts Albany in a three-game America East Conference series this weekend. The two squad will play a doubleheader starting Saturday at 1 p.m. and a single game at noon on Sunday.

NOTES: The Bearcats as a team have now have hit four grand slams this season after having not hit one since 2007. Tucker had one against St. John's on March 19 and Phillips went deep against Hartford on March 26 and Niagara this past Sunday ... DeLuca and Blessing now each have three home runs this season ... Phillips, who also has a team-high 34 RBI, is the first BU player to record a four-hit game since Kane did the same against Elon on March 5.

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