For Immediate Release: March 5, 2011
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BU softball sweeps pair of games at Stetson Tournament
Bearcats blank Elon 2-0, knock off Tennessee State 4-2

Box score: Binghamton 2, Elon 0
Box score: Binghamton 4, Tennessee State 4-2

DELAND, Fla.-- Junior pitcher Kristen Emerling tossed a complete-game shutout in the opener and sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips homered and scored twice in the nightcap, as Binghamton (2-1) swept both games at the Stetson Softball Tournament on Saturday. The Bearcats won 2-0 over Elon and 4-2 over Tennessee State.

"Our team did a good job all around today, head coach Michelle Burrell said. "Kristen really threw well against Elon and I thought we put together much better at bats than we did yesterday."

Emerling scattered seven hits, struck out four batters and issued just a pair of walks in recording the second solo shutout of her career. She was backed up offensively by freshman designated hitter Demi Laney, who hit a solo home run in the second inning and Phillips, who had a RBI single in the top of the seventh inning.

In addition, sophomore outfielder Shannon Kane went 4-for-4 against Elon and scored a run. The four hits is a career high for Kane, and is the highest single-game total recorded by a Binghamton player since current senior catcher Deannie Plemon accomplished the same feat against Hartford on April 18, 2010.

Trailing 1-0 against Tennessee State, the Bearcats got the equalizer in the bottom of the second inning on a solo home run by junior third baseman Colleen Whitaker. One inning later, Phillips blew the game open with a two-run homer, increasing the lead to 3-1.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Phillips drilled a one-out double down the left field line. She later advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a RBI ground out by Plemon.

Laney was the starting pitcher in the second game and collected her first collegiate win by pitching the first four innings. She allowed one run on three hits, struck out four batters and did not surrender a walk.

Sophomore Rhoda Marsteller got the save against Tennessee State by going the final three innings without allowing an earned run. She recorded three strike outs.

Emerling and Laney are both 1-0 on the mound this season. Marsteller's save was her first of the season.

Binghamton faces host Stetson at noon on Sunday in the championship game of the tournament.

NOTES: After being held hitless in the opening day of the Stetson Tournament, Phillips is now batting a team-best .556 (5-for-9) overall. Plemon now has a team-high four RBI ... after just three games this season, the Bearcats have already hit five home runs.

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