For Immediate Release: May 1, 2010
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Binghamton softball splits with Stony Brook 3-4, 4-1
Emerling pitches complete game gem in nightcap

box score game 1
box score game 2

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Sophomore Kristen Emerling pitched a complete game 4-1 win to lead Binghamton (23-17, 7-10) over Stony Brook (25-17-1, 8-5) at the East Gym Field in an America East conference doubleheader on Saturday. Stony Brook won game one 4-3.

The win in the nightcap snapped an 11-game losing streak to Stony Brook for Binghamton. With one conference game remaining, Binghamton is still in contention for a berth to their first-ever America East postseason tournament.

"I thought we did a good job of getting on their pitcher early in game two after seeing her for a whole game in the opener," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "Also, Kristen [Emerling] did a really good job on the mound in game two."

The Seawolves attacked early in the opener, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning on RBI singles by Bernadette Tenuto and Crista Cerrone.

The Bearcats responded in the third inning by plating three runs and taking a 3-2 lead. Sophomore Briana Andrews led off the inning with a walk and freshman Jessica Phillips followed that with a double. A hit batsman loaded the bases and junior Deannie Plemon knocked in a run with a groundout. Junior Steph DeLuca followed with a single through the right side to plate two more runs.

Stony Brook didn't trail for long, as a two-RBI single by Shannon O'Shea in the top of the fourth allowed Stony Brook to reclaim the lead 4-3. Pitcher Alyssa Struzenberg then settled in for Stony Brook, allowing just one hit over the final four innings to shut down the Bearcats and seal the win for Stony Brook.

Struzenberg pitched the complete game, giving up three runs on three hits and striking out eight.

In the nightcap, Stony Brook again got on the board first when O'Shea singled in her third RBI of the day.

Binghamton finally got through on Struzenberg in the bottom of the fourth, who started the second game after pitching seven in the opener. Plemon and DeLuca led off the frame with back-to-back singles before sophomore Colleen Whitaker ripped a double to right field, plating two runs and knocking Struzenberg out of the game.

Binghamton tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth on solo shot home runs from Phillips and Plemon. Each now have a school-record 14 blasts on the season.

Emerling pitched seven innings, scattering four hits, allowing one run, one walk and fanning four to improve to 13-4 on the season.

Whitaker was 3-for-3 in the nightcap, while Plemon collected two hits.

The final game of the series will be played Sunday at 11 a.m.

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