For Immediate Release: April 18, 2011
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BU softball defeats UMBC 10-1 in five innings
Tucker goes 3-for-3, scores twice and drives in a pair of runs.

Box Score: Binghamton 10, UMBC 1 (5 innings)

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Junior outfielder Meghan Tucker went 3-for-3 with two runs and a pair of RBI, leading Binghamton (17-12, 6-3 AE) to a 10-1, five inning victory at UMBC (20-18, 5-7 AE) in an America East softball game on Monday afternoon. With the win, the Bearcats take the three-game conference series after splitting a doubleheader on Sunday.

Binghamton is off to its best start in conference play since joining the America East prior to the 2002 season. The Bearcats are tied with Boston University for second place, two games behind 8-1 Albany.

"We did a great job picking up where we left off yesterday," head coach Michelle Burrell said. "Everyone contributed offensively and they did a really good job at the plate today."

Tucker, meanwhile, recorded her second three-hit game of the season and fourth of her career. Her two runs tied a career high and she drove in at least two runs for the third time this season.

Down 1-0 in the top of the second inning, the Bearcats scored three times. Senior first baseman Stephanie DeLuca led off with a home run and Tucker scored on a RBI single by freshman shortstop Jessica Bump. The other run came courtesy of a UMBC fielding error.

The Retrievers' miscues continued in the top of the fourth as they committed three more errors that led to five Binghamton runs. Tucker bunted in a run during that frame and later scored on a two-run single by senior catcher Deannie Plemon.

Binghamton iced the game with two more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Tucker doubled in the first run and Bump drove in the final run on a sacrifice fly.

Sophomore pitcher Rhoda Marsteller raised her record to 7-5 with her third straight decision while Stephanie Weigman fell to 13-10 with the loss. Six of the runs scored by the Bearcats were unearned.

Fellow sophomore pitcher Kate Price tossed a scoreless fifth inning and has not allowed a run in her past six innings in work.

Freshman second baseman Lisa Cutrona also scored twice against UMBC. She has hit safely in her past four games and has scored six runs during that span.

Binghamton heads to Maryland for a doubleheader against the Terps on Tuesday at 5 p.m. It will mark the Bearcats' first trip to College Park since the home team won 5-3 on March 19, 2005. At the time, Burrell was in her final season as the Terps' top assistant coach.

NOTES: Plemon finished the series against UMBC 4-for-9 (.444), homered once, scored three times and drove in five runs. She now has 32 RBI for the season and continues to be the program's career leader with 111 RBI ... sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips, who leads the conference with a .506 batting average, went 1-for-2 and drew a walk. She finished the weekend 5-for-8 (.625) and also homered ... Deluca went 4-for-10 against UMBC (.400) with two home runs and four RBI. Phillips leads the America East with 12 home runs and 38 RBI. Plemon and DeLuca are tied for second on the team with six home runs each.

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