For Immediate Release: April 17, 2011
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BU softball gains split at UMBC
Bearcats lose opener 7-5 before earning 8-0 win in nightcap

Game One Box Score: UMBC 7, Binghamton 5
Game Two Box Score: Binghamton 8, UMBC 0 (6 innings)

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Senior catcher Deannie Plemon went 3-for-6 with two home runs and outfielder Jessica Phillips went 4-for-7 with a home run, highlighting the Binghamton softball team's America East Conference doubleheader at UMBC on Sunday afternoon. The Bearcats (16-12, 5-3 AE) dropped the first game to the Retrievers (20-17, 5-6 AE) 7-5 but came back to win the finale 8-0 in just six innings.

Plemon went 2-for-4 and homered in each game. She now has six home runs this season, including one in each of the past three games. In addition, Plemon drove in three runs during the twinbill, giving her 30 RBI the season.

Phillips, who is now batting .506 this season with 12 home runs and 38 RBI, went 3-for-3 in the second game, doubled and homered for the second time in the last three games. She also scored three runs during the doubleheader.

In addition, senior first baseman Stephanie DeLuca finished the afternoon 3-for-7 with a home run and three RBI. She ranks second on the squad with a .320 batting average and has now homered five times this season.

In the nightcap, Phillips broke open a scoreless game when she led off the top of the fourth inning with a home run. Plemon then reached base on an error and scored on a two-run home run by DeLuca. Binghamton tacked on a fourth run in the frame on a second UMBC fielding error.

One inning later, Phillips led off with a walk and Plemon followed with another two-run home run. It was Phillips who then sealed the six-inning win with a two-run double in the top of the sixth inning.

Sophomore pitcher Rhoda Marsteller allowed only three hits through four innings to get the win. Her record is now 6-5. Fellow sophomore pitcher Kate Price, meanwhile, tossed the final two innings and allowed just one hit. Neither pitcher issued a walk. Price has now shared a role in two shutouts this season. Stephanie Weigman took the loss and is now 13-9.

DeLuca finished the game 2-for-4 while junior third baseman Colleen Whitaker went 2-for-3.

In the first game, Binghamton trailed 3-0 when DeLuca singled home a run in the top of the fourth inning. UMBC added two more runs in the bottom of the frame but sophomore designated hitter Shannon Kane had a two-run single in the top of the fifth inning, cutting the deficit to 5-3. Plemon then made it 5-4 when she led off the top of the sixth inning with a home run.

It was the bottom of the sixth inning, however, that proved fatal for Binghamton. UMBC plated two more runs to once again go up by three runs. Freshman second baseman Lisa Cutrona drilled a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning but the Bearcats left the tying run at the plate to end the game.

Weigman got the win while junior pitcher Kristen Emerling absorbed the loss and is now 6-4

Binghamton and UMBC conclude their three-game series on Monday at 1:30 p.m.

NOTES: Phillips continues to lead the America East Conference in batting, home runs, RBI, on-base percentage (.612) and slugging percentage (1.049). In just 71 career games, she already ranks second all time in program history with 27 home runs and second with 79 RBI. Against UMBC, Phillips passed Nicole Vitello (2002-06), who had 78 career RBI ... Plemon continues to be the program's all time leader with 29 home runs and 109 RBI.

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