Release: April 17, 2011
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BU softball gains split at UMBC
lose opener 7-5 before earning 8-0 win in nightcap
Game One Box Score: UMBC 7, Binghamton
Two Box Score: Binghamton 8, UMBC 0 (6 innings)
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Senior catcher
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
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
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
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.