For Immediate Release: April 3, 2010
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Binghamton softball beats UMBC 7-5 to win series
Bearcats take two of three games from Retrievers

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VESTAL, N.Y. -- Juniors Deannie Plemon and Kelly Schuldt each provided clutch two-out hits to lead Binghamton (15-8, 3-3 AE) to a 7-5 win over UMBC (16-14, 1-5 AE) in an America East softball contest at the East Gym Field on Saturday afternoon. BU won the final two games of the three-game set to win its first conference series since 2006.

"This win was a good way to finish the series," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "I felt we had a really good team effort and everyone contributed and also thought our hitters did a great job of coming out and being aggressive at the plate."

Schuldt hit a two-out, two-run double in the first inning and Plemon followed that with a two-out, two-run homer to right field in the second.

Sophomore Kristen Emerling earned the win and bumped her season record to 8-1. Emerling pitched 2.2 inning of scoreless, no-hit relief and finished the game. Freshman Rhoda Marsteller started the game and had the lead, which wasn't relinquished, when she left the game, but did not pitch the minimum number of innings to earn a winning decision.

Sophomore Briana Andrews was 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored and seven other Bearcats earned one hit apiece.

BU scored three runs in each of the first two innings and held a comfortable lead until Lauren Brummell hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 6-5.

Binghamton posted an insurance run in the bottom of the frame when sophomore Colleen Whitaker singled in Andrews to tally the final run on the game and put BU ahead 7-5.

Emily Thompson also hit a home run for UMBC.

Binghamton will next play a three-game series at Maine next Saturday and Sunday.

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