Bearcats place five on America East First Team

By wbng sports

May 8, 2013 Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 7:28 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton’s banner year on the softball field has resulted in a record number of annual honors from the America East Conference.

Freshman first baseman Lisa Cadogan has been named the conference’s Rookie of the Year while head coach Michelle Burrell was tabbed as the Coach of the Year. The Bearcats earned a conference-best and program-best five first-team selections. They also led the America East with six total all-conference selections, four all-rookie selections and four all-academic selections.

“I think all of our players are very deserving of the awards and I am glad they have received the recognition,” Burrell said. “Our success so far this season has been a true team effort, from starters to players coming off the bench either in a pinch hit, pinch run or relief pitching situation.”

Joining Cadogan on the first team is junior second baseman Jessica Bump, freshman outfielder Sydney Harbaugh, freshman designated hitter Tiffany McIntosh and junior pitcher Demi Laney. Senior pitcher Rhoda Marsteller was named to the second team.

Cadogan, Harbaugh and McIntosh were joined by freshman catcher Taylor Chaffee on the All-Rookie Team. Bump and Marsteller were joined by senior outfielder Jessica Phillips and junior third baseman Mikala King on the All-Academic Team.

Cadogan currently ranks sixth in the America East with a .343 batting average, is fourth with eight home runs and is tied for third with 36 RBI. She was named the conference’s Rookie of the Week on March 11 and March 25 and was tabbed the Player of the Week on March 18. Cadogan is the second Binghamton player to be named the America East Rookie of the Year. Phillips won the award in 2010.

Burrell is in her fourth year as the head coach of the Bearcats. She has an overall record of 98-86 and has led the Bearcats to four straight seasons of at least 22 victories. During that stretch, Binghamton has qualified for the America East Tournament twice.

Bump ranks fifth in the America East in batting (.348), second with 10 home runs and is also tied for third with 36 RBI. In addition, she leads the conference with 45 runs, five triples, an on-base percentage of .480 and a slugging percentage of .681. Bump was named the America East Player of the Week on April 22. Two years ago, she was named to the conference’s All-Rookie Team.

Laney finished the regular season with a 15-6 record. In the process, she broke the program’s single-season record with 164 strikeouts. She recorded a career-high five shutouts and was the America East Pitcher of the Week on April 15. Laney is the first Binghamton pitcher since Michelle Weeks in 2003 to be named first-team all-conference.

Harbaugh ranks eighth in the conference with a .314 batting average and is third with 25 stolen bases. She was named the America East Rookie of the Week on Feb. 18.

McIntosh is tied for fifth in the America East with seven home runs and ranks seventh with 33 RBI. She homered twice this past weekend in the series against Albany.

Marsteller is currently 9-5 and has tossed a career-high four shutouts this season. In 2010, she was named to the America East All-Rookie Team.

Chaffee currently ranks third in the conference with nine home runs and is sixth with 34 RBI. She was named the America East Rookie of the Week on April 8, April 15 and April 29.

To be eligible for America East All-Academic honors, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA, and have appeared in at least 50 percent of the team’s games. Bump and Phillips are repeat selections from 2012. King and Marsteller each finished the regular season with three home runs and 21 RBI.

Binghamton (29-15) is the host school for the upcoming America East Tournament which runs May 9-11 at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Bearcats open up the double-elimination event against Hartford at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)