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Phillips homers twice as softball team sweeps Hartford
March 29, 2011Tweet
Sophomore outfielder Jessica Phillips hit two home runs, powering Binghamton (10-7, 3-0 AE) to a 13-2, six-inning win over Hartford (3-14, 0-3 AE) in an America East Conference softball game in East Hartford on March 27. With the victory, the Bearcats swept the three-game weekend series from the Hawks.
In addition to reaching the 10-run mark for the third straight game, Binghamton tied its NCAA Division I-era record with 16 hits, a mark it set against Vermont on May 7, 2005, and later tied against Stony Brook on April 9, 2006. The all-time program mark of 19 hits was set against Geneva on March 21, 1998, when Binghamton was still competing at the Division II level.
“Our offense kept going today,” head coach Michelle Burrell said. “We were glad that we were able to pick up where we left off yesterday.”
Phillips, meanwhile, now has four career games with two home runs. She is the most recent Bearcat to have accomplished that feat, having last done so against St. Bonaventure on April 28, 2010. Against Hartford on March 27, Phillips went 3-for-3, scored a career-high four runs and tied her career high with four RBI.
In her last four games, Phillips has hit five home runs. She is the first player in school history ever to homer in four consecutive games.
Also going 3-for-3 for Binghamton on March 27 was junior third baseman Colleen Whitaker, who hit a two-run home run and finished with three RBI. Senior catcher Deannie Plemon added a triple, a home run and also drove in three runs. Freshman shortstop Jessica Bump went 3-for-4, scored three times and drove in a pair of runs. Freshman second baseman Lisa Cutrona also scored twice.
Sophomore pitcher Rhoda Marsteller got the win and is now 3-3.