Binghamton, Boston U. Take Home Softball Weekly Honors

Release: 04/20/2010
Courtesy: America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Binghamton University's softball team, which is having its most successful season in its Division I history and is in the midst of the four-game win streak, took home three America East softball last week, while Boston University, which is tied for first place with University of Maine, also earned an award.

The Bearcats' Deannie Plemon (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) earned Player of the Week accolades, while teammate Kristen Emerling (Germantown, Tenn./Houston) and the Terriers' Cassidi Hardy (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) shared Pitcher of the Week honors. Binghamton's Jessica Phillips (Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) was tabbed Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.

Plemon, a junior catcher, batted .533 (8-for-15) with five extra-base hits, nine RBI and five runs scored in leading the Bearcats to a 4-1 week. She had at least one hit in every game, with her best performance coming in Sunday's 8-7 victory that completed a series sweep of Hartford. Plemon, who ranks second among league leaders in home runs (10) and RBI (33), went 4-for-4 with a pair of long balls and five RBI. She led off the home half of the seventh with a walk-off blast to seal the outcome.

Emerling, a sophomore hurler, went 3-0 and posted a perfect 0.00 earned run average last week. She pitched a pair of five-inning complete games, before earning the win with three and one-third innings of scoreless relief in Sunday's win over the Hawks. For the week, Emerling allowed three unearned runs, 12 hits, four walks and struck out five.

Hardy, a senior right-hander, went 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA in three outings last week and fired her fourth career no-hitter in a 5-0 win over UMBC Sunday. The Most Outstanding Player at the 2009 America East Championship, Hardy surrendered just seven hits and one walk while racking up 26 strikouts in 16 and one-third innings.

Philips, a freshman left fielder, batted .412 (7-for-17) with a homer and six RBI for the Bearcats last week. She registered three muli-hit games, including one with a triple, a pair of runs scored and three RBI in a 14-3 rout over Hartford Saturday.

Team Notes
(14-18, AE 6-6) ended the week in a tie for fourth place in the America East Conference standings with Binghamton … The Great Danes dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Manhattan by 1-0 and 8-5 decisions on April 21… The team also recorded one America East win in a three-game set at home against Maine on April 18-19 … The Great Danes fell by scores of 5-1 and 7-4 in a doubleheader on the first day before rallying from two runs down to win by a 6-3 decision in the series finale and finish the week with a 1-4 ledger … UAlbany, which honored its six-member senior class in a pre-game ceremony before playing the doubleheader against Maine, has come from behind in five of its six America East wins this season … Pitcher Marissa Powell (Midlothian, Texas/Midlothian) posted her fifth victory in the series finale by surrendering just one earned run in the last six innings … The senior is 4-2 overall and has picked up one save against league opponents … Gina Mason (Sacramento, Calif./El Camino) paced the UAlbany offense by going 6-for-16 with three home runs, one double and six RBIs in five games … The junior first baseman recorded what would stand as the game-winning hit when she lined a homer to dead center in the series finale against the Black Bears to end a four-game slide … Mason is leading the squad in several offensive categories, including batting average (.386), home runs (8), RBIs (28), hits (34), runs scored (19), slugging percentage (.705) and on-base percentage (.462) … Seven of her eight home runs have come in the last 14 games ... Jessica Bergin (New Windsor, N.Y./Newburgh Free Academy), a junior outfielder who entered the 2010 season as a .249 career hitter, ended the week with a .313 batting average to go along with a .525 slugging percentage … Almost half of her 25 hits have been for extra bases, which includes nine doubles, while her .429 batting average against league opposition is an America East best … Michelle Connors (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) hit her 33rd career double in the first inning of the nightcap against Maine on April 18 to move into second on the all-time list  ... She needs six more to eclipse the record of 38, which is currently held by Kelly Ogden … The Great Danes, who will play the rest of their games this season on the road, will travel to Dartmouth for a non-conference doubleheader on April 21 at 3 p.m. … UAlbany returns to America East play when it visits Stony Brook this weekend … The teams will play a doubleheader on April 24, beginning at 1 p.m., and a single game on April 25 at 12 p.m.

Binghamton (19-12, AE 6-6) softball cruised to a 4-1 week, highlighted by a three-game conference series sweep of Hartford … Earlier in the week BU split a doubleheader with Niagara … BU is currently on a four-game win streak and improved to 8-2 at home on the year … Also BU has the most wins in a season since the 2002 squad won 23 games … BU mercy-ruled three straight opponents when beating Niagara 8-0 in five innings in the backend of a doubleheader and then beating Hartford 9-0 in six and 14-3 in five on Saturday … BU also beat Hartford 8-7 on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh by junior catcher Deannie Plemon (Irvine, Calif./Woodbridge) on Sunday … In that game, Plemon was 4-for-4 with five RBI, two home runs and a double … On the week, Plemon was 8-for-15 (.533) with nine RBI, three home runs and a 1.267 slugging percentage … Plemon is now the single-season record holder at Binghamton for most home runs (10) and most RBI (33) and also holds the career record for most home runs (19) … Sophomore third baseman Colleen Whitaker (Salinas, Calif./Notre Dame) led the team with a .538 batting average on the week and had six RBI and a home run … Sophomore designated hitter Chelsea Horne (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville East) returned to Binghamton’s starting lineup and batted .500 on the week (7-for-14) with eight RBI … Sophomore outfielder Meghan Tucker (Kirkwood, N.Y./Windsor) batted. .462 on the week with three doubles and freshman outfielder Jessica Phillips (Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) batted .412 with six RBI, a homer and a triple … Sophomore pitcher Kristen Emerling (Germantown, Tenn./Houston) went 3-0 on the week with a 0.00 ERA in 13.1 innings … Emerling gave up 12 hits, three runs, no earned runs and struck out five … Emerling pitched a five-inning complete game shutout over Niagara, pitched a five-inning complete game win over Hartford, allowing three runs, but none earned and finished her week by picking up another win over Hartford, pitching 3.1 inning of scoreless relief … On the season, Emerling has yet to allow a run when coming out of the bullpen … She has pitched 23.1 innings of relief in nine games … Emerling has also raised her record to 11-2 on the year, which ties the single-season school record for most wins … Binghamton will play five road games this week, first a doubleheader at Colgate on Wednesday and an important three-game set at Boston University this weekend.

Boston University (23-15, AE 7-2) improved to 23-15 overall and maintained first place in the America East standings with a 7-2 conference mark … The Terriers went 2-1 in the weekend series with senior Cassidi Hardy (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) throwing her fourth career no-hitter against the Retrievers in the rubber match on Sunday … In that contest Hardy struck out nine batters and allowed only base runners to complete the no-no … She joins Audrey West (’96) as the only two BU hurlers to throw four no-hitters in there career … Additionally, West and Hardy are the only two to throw over 700 K’s in their career … Junior April Setterlund (Torrance, Calif./South Torrance) continued her 2010 tear, batting at a .533 clip with eight hits, one double, one triple and two home runs for five RBIs … The 2010 season has yielded a single-season record for RBIs (49) for Setterlund and she is now just one double (14), one run (47) and two home runs from breaking three more single-season marks. Following Tuesday's twinbill at crosstown rival Boston College, BU will host URI on Thursday (April 22) in a doubleheader at BU Softball Field beginning at 3 p.m. before hosting Binghamton in an AE three-game series the following weekend.

(18-21, AE 7-2) remained tied for first place with a series win over Albany this weekend… The Black Bears had their seven game win streak snapped in the series finale against the Great Danes, but won the series with a doubleheader win on Sunday… Terren Hall hit two home runs and drove in the winning runs in game two Sunday… Alexis Souhlaris leads the team in batting average (.405) and multi-hit games with 16… Whitney Spangler is currently riding a six game hit streak and held a nine game streak earlier in the season.

UMBC (21-19, AE 2-7 America East) went 3-3 in six home games last week… The Retrievers split a doubleheader with La Salle on Tuesday… UMBC dropped the first game, 2-0… It was the first time the Retrievers have been shut out all season… Junior Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Archbishop Spalding) allowed just one earned run and struck out nine in the tough-luck loss… UMBC won the nightcap, 8-7, in comeback fashion… The Retrievers trailed, 7-5, in the seventh inning, but senior right fielder Emily Thompson (Niagara Falls, N.Y./Niagara Falls) tied the game with her seventh home run of the season, and with runners on first and third and two outs, UMBC executed a successful double steal for the win… The next day, Weigman and senior Amanda Fefel (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) combined on the Retrievers’ third one-hit shutout in the last seven games, defeating Coppin State, 4-0… Fefel retired all nine batters she faced over the first three innings, while Weigman allowed only an infield single to earn the victory… Both pitchers struck out four… Junior second baseman Lauren Brummell (Hanover, Va./Hanover) belted two doubles in the game… Fefel blasted a two-run homer… Senior catcher Amanda Page (Batavia, N.Y./Batavia/Monroe CC) hit a two-run walk-off home run to defeat defending America East champion Boston University, 3-1, in the series opener… It was the eighth time UMBC has won in its last at-bat this season… Fefel was outstanding in the circle, allowing one run on five hits and striking out seven… She also smashed her ninth home run of the season to tie the game at 1-1 in the fourth inning… The Retrievers dropped the nightcap, 11-3, in five innings.

Stony Brook (23-12-1, AE 6-3) struggled in its first non-conference doubleheader of the week, going 0-1-1 against Manhattan, but rebounded by winning five-straight to finish the week… SBU held on for a 4-3 defeat of Iona… the Seawolves scored all four of their runs in the first inning and then held off a late rally by the Gaels…  senior Casey Jacobs picked up her first save of the season in that game… In its doubleheader against Rider, the Seawolves rallied late to break a 1-1 tie in the seventh for the game one win… SBU scored the winning run on a wild pitch with one out… in game two, SBU won 10-1 in five innings… Seniors Vicki Kavitsky and Katelyn O’Donnell both had three RBI and drove in the last five runs of the game… SBU rallied for the second time in the week against Rhode Island on Sunday… trailing 4-3, SBU scored twice in the fifth and once more in the seventh for the 6-4 victory… Jacobs drove in two runs and picked up another save… she went on to win game two, 1-0… senior Crista Cerrone drove in the lone run of the game in the second inning with a sac fly… Stony Brook returns to conference action this weekend against Albany.