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For Immediate Release: May 2, 2010
Contact: Matt Muzza (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton softball beats Stony Brook 5-4, wins series
Emerling beats Seawolves for second straight day

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VESTAL, N.Y. -- Sophomore Kristen Emerling threw another complete game win over Stony Brook (25-18-1, 8-6 AE) to lead Binghamton (24-17, 8-10 AE) over the Seawolves 5-4 at the East Gym Field in BU's final conference game of the season on Sunday.

With a doubleheader split on Saturday, BU notches just its second America East series win over Stony Brook, and first since 2002. The Bearcats' 24 wins this season also sets the new Division I team win record.

Emerling pitched seven innings, allowed eight hits, four runs - two earned, walked none and set a new season-high with seven strikeouts. Emerling improved her record to 14-4.

"I thought our hittersdid a good job getting on [Alyssa] Struzenberg early," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "We needed to put more pressure on the second pitcher, but it was good that we held on to the lead. Kristen [Emerling] stayed very composed later on in the game with runners on base."

Freshman Jessica Phillips homered to lead off the first inning, an opposite field bomb that cleared the scoreboard in right field. It was the third time this season that Phillips homered to lead off the first inning.

The Bearcats' collective patience at the plate led to four more runs in the second inning. The first four batters of the inning drew walks with two runs scoring on a wild pitch and a passed ball. Junior Deannie Plemon's RBI-single knocked Stony Brook's ace Alyssa Struzenberg out of the game and junior Steph DeLuca's ground out plated the fourth run of the inning.

Stony Brook produced a three-run two-out rally in the third to get back in the game. After the first two batters were retired, Vicki Kavitsky doubled and Brijette Martin followed with an RBI-single. After a Binghamton fielding error prolonged the inning, Shannon O'Shea then hit a double to deep center to bring Stony Brook's deficit to 5-3.

Stony Brook put one run on the board in the top of the seventh inning to cut the lead to 5-4.

Plemon batted 2-for-3 on the afternoon and Phillips reached based safely four times, in addition to her season-high 15th home run.

Binghamton will make the America East postseason tournament if UMBC sweeps Albany next weekend.

BU will return to action with a home doubleheader against Cornell on Tuesday.

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