Release: April 30, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- First-year head coach Michelle Burrell has the 2010 Binghamton softball team (22-16, 6-9 AE) in contention for their first-ever America East postseason berth as the team hosts Stony Brook this weekend in their final America East series.
The top four teams advance to the America East postseason tournament and Binghamton currently sits in fifth place, two games out. The majority of the teams have six games remaining. BU has a bye during the final weekend of the series and only has three games remaining.
"I think the team is ready," Burrell said. "We are looking to play really well as a team and to have all facets of the game; pitching, hitting and defense, come together. And I think the team is prepared and is ready to do that."
Burrell, who arrived at Binghamton after leading the University of Rochester to three consecutive Division III NCAA Tournaments, has ushered a rapid turnaround of the program. Under her guidance, the 2010 Bearcats have already tripled the win total of last year's team (7) and are closing in on the Division I single-season win record (23).
The Bearcats have surpassed the 20-win plateau for just the second time as a DI program and for the tenth time in program history. Also the Bearcats strung together a record an eight-game win streak and won the Delaware State Tournament, their first in-season tourney title.
In addition, the Bearcats have shattered a number of single-season offensive team records, including runs (193), doubles (62), home runs (39) and RBI (166).
Junior catcher Deannie Plemon and freshman outfielder Jessica Phillips are tied for the team lead with 13 homers, a season record. Plemon also has the most RBI in a season (40) and is currently on a record 17-game hitting streak. Plemon leads the team with both a .368 batting average and a .778 slugging percentage.
The young pitching staff has been anchored by freshman Rhoda Marsteller (10-7, 2.84 ERA) and sophomore Kristen Emerling (12-4, 1.69 ERA). Emerling's 12 wins are the most by a Bearcat in a single season.
Stony Brook enters the weekend series at 24-16-1, 7-4 AE. The current America East Pitcher of the Week is senior Alyssa Struzenberg (16-6, 1.64) and senior shortstop Vicki Kavitsky leads the team with a .388 batting average and 21 RBI. The Seawolves enter the series on a three-game skid, dropping a doubleheader to Sacred Heart and their last game against Albany last weekend.
Saturday's doubleheader will begin at noon and Sunday's single game will also start noon.
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