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Binghamton's Jessica Phillips earned America East Player of the Week honors after posting a batting line of .889, four homers, 11 RBI and nine runs scored in a three-game sweep of Hartford last week.
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Phillips, MacFawn, Kehr Earn Softball Weekly Accolades

Release: 03/28/2011
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- With the first weekend of conference play in the books, a pair of players who had dominant performances highlight this week's America East softball award winners. Sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips (Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero-North) led Binghamton to a sweep of Hartford and earned Player of the Week honors while Chelsea Kehr (Florence, N.J./Florence) picked up Rookie of the Week accolades by leading Boston University to a sweep of Stony Brook. Additionally, Albany's Brittany MacFawn garnered Pitcher of the Week honors after hurling eight shutout innings in non-conference action. The award winners for the week ending March 27 were announced Monday afternoon.

Phillips, the reigning America East Rookie of the Year, had a remarkable weekend, hitting .889 (8-for-9) with four home runs, a pair of doubles, nine runs scored and 11 RBIs. She also walked twice and racked up a stunning .909 on-base percentage in the three-game sweep of the Hawks, in which Binghamton outscored the home team, 37-6. Phillips, who leads America East in batting average (.520), home runs (8) and RBI (26), went 3-for-3 with a grand slam in the series opener, a 10-2 Bearcat win. She then had two more hits, including another homer, in the nightcap of the doubleheader and finished the weekend by reaching base four times, including three hits and two more homers.

MacFawn, a freshman hurler, fired eight shutout innings at Delaware State's tournament last weekend and allowed just three hits and struck out 12 in the two games. After throwing a scoreless inning of relief in a loss to Delaware State Friday, MacFawn had one of the best outings of any America East pitcher this season, hurling a complete-game, three-hit shutout and struck out 11 against zero walks in the Great Danes' 1-0 win over Colgate Saturday.

Kehr, a redshirt freshman, batted .500 (6-for-12) with two homers, five runs scored and eight RBI in four games last week. The round trippers were both grand slams and came in both ends of a doubleheader sweep of Stony Brook on Saturday. Kehr also walked three times and had an impressive .600 on-base percentage for the week.

Binghamton, Boston U. and Maine all got off to 3-0 conference starts with series sweeps of Hartford, Stony Brook and Maine, respectively, last weekend. Conference play continues on Saturday when Albany hosts Hartford, Maine visits Boston U. and UMBC travels to Stony Brook.

Team Notes
Albany (5-13, 0-0 AE)
went 2-1 over the weekend at the Delaware State Tournament ... the Great Danes fell to the host Hornets 2-0 on Friday before shutting out Colgate, 1-0, and Morgan State, 3-0, on Saturday ... Senior Gina Mason (Sacramento, Calif./El Camino) led the Great Danes with a .571 average in the three games ... Mason went 4-for-7 with a double and one RBI while posting a .714 slugging percentage... Diane MacDowell (Middletown, N.Y./Valley Central) scored two of Albany's four runs over the weekend and was 4-for-4 on stolen base attempts... Andrianna Walraven (Thompson Ridge, N.Y./Pine Bush) was 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts ... Pitcher Brittany MacFawn (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek) was 1-0 in two appearances, posting a 0.00 ERA ... MacFawn scattered just three hits and issued just two walks while striking out 12 opposing batters in 8.0 innings of work ... MacFawn earned the shutout win over Colgate on Saturday in a complete-game effort... Albany will return to action on Tuesday, visiting Bryant for a non-conference doubleheader, before opening up at home against Siena on Thursday ... The Great Danes welcome America East Conference opponent Hartford to Albany Field for a three-game series over the weekend.

Binghamton (10-7, 3-0 AE) broke out the bats this weekend in its three-game sweep at Hartford this past weekend. In addition to outscoring the Hawks 37-6, the Bearcats hit a program-record six home runs in their 14-2 win in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader and tied their NCAA Division I era mark with 16 hits in Sunday's series finale ... Sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips (Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero-North) went 8-for-9 (.889) with four home runs and 11 RBI, powering Binghamton to a three-game sweep at Hartford. She has now homered in four consecutive games and raised her batting average to a conference-best .520. In the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, Phillips belted her first career grand slam. In the single game on Sunday, she recorded her fourth career two-homer game and scored a career-high four runs. Phillips also leads Binghamton with eight home runs, 20 runs and 26 RBI. She also has a 1.140 slugging percentage and a .619 on-base percentage so far this season ... Blessing went 6-for-10 (.600) in Binghamton's three-game sweep at Hartford this past weekend. She homered in both games of Saturday's doubleheader, driving in three runs in the process. For the weekend, she scored four runs. Since breaking into the starting lineup six games ago, Blessing is batting .444 and has hit safely in the past four games ... in 17 games this season, Binghamton has hit 23 home runs ... senior catcher Deannie Plemon (Irvine, N.Y./Woodbridge) went 8-for-20 (.400) in the weekend series against Hartford. She hit two home runs and drove in eight runs in the process. She currently has an eight-game hitting streak.

Boston University (14-8, 3-0 AE) swept Stony Brook over the weekend in the America East opener for both teams ... The Terriers only needed five innings in all three games to take care of the Seawolves as they won by 10-1, 13-2 and 9-0 margins, respectively ... Earlier in the week, BU fell to Harvard, 2-1 ... Red-shirt freshman Chelsea Kehr (Florence, N.J./Florence) had the biggest weekend of her young career as she hit two grand slams and one triple with eight RBIs at SBU, while freshman Holli Floetker went 4-for-5 with 7 RBIs ... Classmate Amy Ekart (Berthoud, Colo./Berthoud) also was efficient from the batter's box with three doubles and one home run ... In the pitcher's circle, all three hurlers had a good week, led by Floetker with a perfect 0.00 ERA in seven innings of work ... She struck out six and earned one win ... Sophomore Erin Schuppert (Atlantic Beach, Fla./D.U. Fletcher) struck out 11 batters and surrendered just one earned run in eight innings ... Lastly, sophomore Whitney Tuthill (Middletown, Conn./Suffield Academy) made two appearances on the mound, striking out six batters, and walking just two ... BU will next play a pair of midweek non-conference match-ups as it travels to Connecticut on Wednesday (March 20) and hosts crosstown rival Boston College on Thursday (March 31) before hosting Maine next weekend in a three-game series.

Hartford (3-14, 0-3 AE) suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the Binghamton Bearcats in the start of America East Conference play ... The Bearcats, who lit up the scoreboard with 37 runs on the weekend including 13 home runs, held the Hawks' offense to just eight runs ... Sophomore Nicole Springer (New Britain, Conn./Kingswood Oxford) and junior Shannon Simpkins (Millville, N.J./Sacred Heart) each batted .375 (3-for-8) to lead the Hawks at the plate during the series ... Simpkins, who leads the team on the season batting .349 (15-for-43), scored two runs over the weekend ... Hartford travels to Big East foe Providence on Thursday, March 31 for a single game at 3:30 p.m. before heading to Albany for a three-game series on Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3.

Maine (11-19, 3-0 AE) opened up their conference play with a three game sweep at UMBC over the weekend ... The Black Bears outscored UMBC 19-10 over the three game span ... Senior captain Terren Hall (Bucksport, Maine) blasted a home run in game one on Saturday, her seventh of the year and her 31st all-time which now ties her for first place on the all-time home runs list at Maine with Sara Jewett who hit 31 homers of her own from 1997-00 ... Kali Burnham (Courtice, Ontario) hit .500 on the weekend to raise her overall average to .341 which is tied for the best on the team with Hall ... Burnham is also currently riding a five-game hit streak while Hall has reached base safely in 15 straight games dating back to the March 4th game against Jacksonville ... Beth Spoehr (Appleton, Wis.) picked up a pair of wins in the circle for Maine including a complete game victory on Saturday, her third of the season, moving her record to 5-6 on the season ... Hall continues to be amongst the leaders in all offensive categories as she is tied for third with 29 hits, second with 25 RBIs, tied for second with seven home runs and third in total bases with 54 ... Maine returns to action with a game at close by Husson University before continuing league play with a three game series at Boston University beginning on Saturday at 1 p.m.

UMBC (14-12, 0-3 AE) went 3-3 last week… The Retrievers swept a doubleheader from Temple on Tuesday, winning 8-5 and 12-4 in five innings… After trailing for most of the first game, UMBC rallied for five runs in the last two innings… Sophomore right fielder Ashley Scroggin (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) and senior left fielder Julia Culotta (Street, Md./North Harford/Tennessee) each blasted home runs… Culotta, junior first baseman Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC) and Scroggin – the 3-through-5 hitters in the lineup – combined to go 6-for-7 with seven RBIs in the nightcap… Scroggin and senior second baseman Lauren Brummell (Hanover, Va./Hanover) each homered … UMBC defeated Rhode Island, 4-3, on Wednesday… The Retrievers were swept by America East rival Maine in the conference-opening three-game weekend series, which snapped their nine-game winning streak… Culotta homered in the fourth to account for UMBC’s only run in a 4-1 loss in the first game Saturday… Already UMBC’s all-time strikeout leader, senior Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge, Md./Arcbhishop Spalding) fanned 11 batters in the game to reach 700 for her career… The Retrievers dropped a heartbreaker in the nightcap, 6-5 … Scroggin went 3-for-3 and homered twice in the game… Four errors led to six unearned runs in a 9-4 loss in Sunday’s series finale … Junior catcher Angela Yannone (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) hit her first career home run … The Retrievers hit the road for the first time in a month when they visit America East rival Stony Brook for a three-game series this weekend.

Stony Brook (8-12, 0-3 AE) was scheduled to play five games last week, before rain/snow postponed its doubleheader against Monmouth on March 23 ... The Seawolves then opened conference play with three home games vs. Boston University, but were defeated by scores of 10-1, 13-2 and 9-0...Freshman Jess Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) produced a hit in each game to extend her hitting streak to 10 consecutive games ... in the first game on Saturday, the Seawolves were led by junior Alyssa Hawley (Spokane, Wash.), who went 2-for-3 with an RBI single ... junior Lauren Maloney (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) were 1-for-2 in the game as well... In the second game, the Seawolves produced three hits courtesy of Combs, Maloney and sophomore Samantha Rossi (Marlton, N.J.), who recorded Stony Brook's lone RBI ... In the third game of the series, the Seawolves again mustered three hits from Combs, Hawley and Rossi ... Stony Brook is scheduled to play seven home games this week, starting on Wed., March 30 with a doubleheader against Sacred Heart ... Stony Brook will then meet Iona for a doubleheader on Thursday, before hosting conference-foe UMBC for a three-game series this weekend.

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