March 25, 2012
BOSTON - Junior Erin Schuppert pitched a complete-game shutout as the Boston University softball team completed a three-game sweep of Binghamton with a 3-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. The Terriers won their eighth straight game and improved to 19-8 on the season and 3-0 in the America East.
Schuppert evened her season record to 3-3 by striking out nine batters and allowing just two hits in seven innings of work.
All of BU’s offense came in the bottom of the first inning, as the Terriers scored three runs in their first at-bat. Sophomore Jayme Mask leadoff with a walk and stole second base before classmate Chelsea O’Connor reached on an error by the left fielder. Both runners advanced on the throw and then Megan Volpano drove home BU’s first run with a grounder to third base.
Junior Emily Roesch knocked in the second run, as she singled up the middle to score O’Connor. Roesch managed to steal second base as Amy Ekart struck out looking. Sophomore Brittany Clendenny then stepped up to the plate and hit a single to right center field, allowing Roesch to round third and cross home for BU to have an early 3-0 advantage.
Binghamton threatened in the top of the third inning with Lisa Cutrona hitting a single to right field and advancing on a throwing error. But BU’s defense clamped down and prevented the next two batters from getting on base and the Terriers escaped the inning.
BU came close to adding to its lead in the bottom of the fourth with senior Melanie Delgado reaching base on an error. Classmate Erica Casacci moved Delgado to second by grounding out to the pitcher then Mask singled through the left side and advanced on the throw, pushing Delgado to third. O’Connor grounded out to end the inning.
The Terriers finished the game with a strong defensive effort to limit Binghamton’s opportunities and close out the game for a 3-0 victory.
Next up for the Terriers is a trip to Storrs, Conn., on Wednesday, March 28, to face the University of Connecticut. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.