Release: May 1, 2011
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BU softball clinches AE Tournament berth with 9-8, eight-inning
win at Stony Brook
rally from six runs down to earn first-ever spot in Division
STONY BROOK, N.Y.-- Freshman third
King drove in the winning run in the top of the eighth inning,
leading Binghamton (21-19, 9-5 AE) to a 9-8, eight-inning win
over Stony Brook (19-25, 5-10 AE) in an America East softball
game on Sunday afternoon at University Field. With the victory,
the Bearcats are assured of reaching the America East Tournament
for the first time in their 10 seasons in the conference.
With two outs and runners on first and second base, King singled
into center field, putting the Bearcats ahead for good. Freshman
Laney then struck out three batters in the bottom of the
eighth inning, improving her record to 3-0.
Earlier in the game, Binghamton overcame a 6-0 deficit. Senior
Plemon smacked a two-run home run in the top of the third
inning and Laney, who started the game as the designated player,
tied the score with a grand slam in the top of the fourth inning.
The Bearcats took the lead in the top of the seventh inning when
freshman shortstop Jessica
Bump drew a bases-loaded walk. One batter later, Laney reached
on a fielding error and King scored on the play. Stony Brook,
however, forced extra innings when Jessica Combs doubled in a
pair of runs in the bottom of the frame.
Taylor Chain took the loss and is now 5-6.
Sophomore outfielder Jessica
Phillips drew three walks and Plemon and King each scored
a pair of runs.
Binghamton heads to Cornell for a 3:30 p.m. doubleheader on Wednesday.
NOTES: The America East Tournament will be held May 12-14
at the No. 1 seed in the conference. The four-team event will
be double-elimination. Boston (12-3 AE) and Albany (11-4 AE)
have already clinched spots. Maine (6-8 AE), Stony Brook and
UMBC (7-10) are jockeying for the fourth and final position ...
Plemon now has a conference-best 41 RBI this season. She is ranked
second on the squad with 10 home runs. For her career, Plemon
has a program-best 33 home runs and 120 RBI ... the Bearcats
have now hit a program-best six grand slams this season ... the
nine conference wins represents Binghamton's highest America
East total since going 11-13 during the 2002 campaign. Back then,
the conference also included Vermont and weekend series were
four games as opposed to three.