For Immediate Release: June 30, 2011
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Phone: 607-777-6478

BU softball team records top GPA in America East for second year in a row

VESTAL, N.Y. -- For the second year in a row, Binghamton has recorded the highest overall GPA of any softball team in the America East Conference. The Bearcats finished the 2010-11 academic year with a 3.36 GPA and had 17 of its 19 players named to the America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll for the spring 2011 semester.

To be named to the America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have attained a 3.0 GPA or better during the semester of competition. Binghamton's 17 selections were the most of any softball team in the conference.

"I am happy that our players were able to maintain such a high GPA with a large group of freshmen," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "I have no doubt that they will have very successful futures because of their commitment to academics."

Of the 17 BU players who were named to the America East Academic Honor Roll, seven of them earned at least a 3.5 GPA, including senior catcher Deannie Plemon, senior first baseman Stephanie DeLuca, junior outfielder Megan Tucker, junior infielders Briana Andrews and Chelsea Horne, sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips and freshman shortstop Jessica Bump.

The conference's announcement of the spring academic citations culminates a banner year for the Binghamton softball team in terms of its accomplishments in the classroom. Last month, Plemon, DeLuca, Tucker and sophomore pitcher Rhoda Marsteller were all named to the America East Spring Academic Squad. The four selections were the most of any softball team in the conference.

Earlier in the spring, DeLuca was named to the COSIDA Academic All-District Team and earned the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

On the field, Phillips was the America East Co-Player of the Year and earned first-team All-Mid Atlantic Region honors. Plemon and Phillips were both first-team all-conference picks while Tucker was named to the second team. Bump, meanwhile, was a member of the conference's All-Rookie Team.

Freshman second baseman Lisa Cutrona also made the most of her first season on and off the playing field. In addition to making the America East Honor Roll, she was named second-team all-conference and was included on the All-Rookie squad.

Binghamton finished the 2011 season 23-23 (10-7 AE) and placed third in its first-ever trip to the America East Conference Tournament. The Bearcats, who have a two-year record of 47-42 (18-17 AE), lose only two players to graduation and return six starting position players in 2012.

NOTE: DeLuca, Tucker, Horne and Andrews are all members of the National College Athlete Honors Society, which requires a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.4.
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