Softball Posts Pair of Shutouts Against Rhode Island

Softball Posts Pair of Shutouts Against Rhode Island

April 19, 2012

Box Score (Game One) | Box Score (Game Two)

Game One Highlights | Game Two Highlights

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BOSTON - Allowing just one hit in a combined 10 innings of play, the Boston University softball team posted a pair of 8-0 victories over the visiting Rhode Island Rams Thursday afternoon at the BU Softball Field. BU used the mercy rule to end both games in five innings and improve its record to 27-13 (8-3 America East) on the season.

Sophomore Holli Floetker threw a no-hitter in BU’s first game and struck out seven of the 16 batters she faced. Floetker allowed just three base runners, as she walked one and two reached after being hit by the pitch. The Rams fourth base runner reached on a fielding error.

Sophomore Megan Volpano led the Terriers in the first game with two hits, including a two-run homer and RBI double, while classmate Jayme Mask also posted two hits, including a triple with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth to propel BU to victory.

The Terriers took a 3-0 lead after one inning. Senior Erica Casacci walked and then stole second before Volpano homered through left center. Sophomore Chelsea O’Connor got on base with a fielding error and advanced to second before classmate Chelsea Kehr singled up the middle, allowing O’Connor to cross home.

Two Rhode Island batters reached base in the top of the second as Jocelyn Mattison walked and Amy Gleason reached on an error, but both runners were stranded when Stacey Fox grounded out to second base.

BU added to its lead in the bottom half of the inning with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by sophomore Brittany Clendenny to give the Terriers a 4-0 advantage after two innings.

Both teams had quick 1-2-3 innings in the third before the Terriers tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Casacci walked then Volpano stepped up and drilled a double to center field to drive Casacci home and put BU ahead, 5-0.

BU ended the game in the bottom of the fifth inning by adding three more runs. Rookie Mandy Fernandez walked and was then out at second when sophomore Amy Ekart reached on a fielder’s choice. Senior Emily Roesch singled to left field, sending Ekart to second then Delgado walked to load the bases. Mask then stepped up to the bag and blasted the ball to left field for a bases-clearing triple and to give BU a mercy rule victory with an 8-0 lead after five innings.

In the second game, junior Whitney Tuthill took the mound and nearly threw BU’s second no-hitter of the day, as her bid was ruined by one hit in the top of the fourth. Tuthill struck out seven batters and improved her record to 7-4 on the season with the victory.

Three Terriers posted two hits in the second game, with Mask, Casacci and O’Connor all recording a pair of hits. Kehr added a three-run homer while Clendenny knocked in a pair of runs.

BU’s offense picked up right where it left off, as the Terriers accounted for a four-hit, five-run first inning. Mask began with a single to shortstop and Casacci followed with a double through the left side. A wild pitch from URI’s Erika Szymanski allowed the first run to score. Clendenny drove in the second run with a fielder’s choice. After a single from O’Connor, Kehr hit her first homer of the season, driving in three runs, and giving BU an early 5-0 lead.

The Terriers added two more in the bottom of the second. Mask got on base with a single then stole second. Casacci moved Mask to third with a single and then stole second base before another wild pitch by Szymanski allowed a run to score. Clendenny drove in the second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to left field to extend BU’s lead to 7-0.

BU scored its eighth run of the game in the bottom of the third, as head coach Shawn Rychcik turned to his bench. Fernandez got on base after being hit by a pitch then Alyssa Barsanti pinch hit for Emily Roesch and grounded out to third base but moved the runner. Rookie Kendra Meadows then stepped in to pinch hit for Melanie Delgado and smacked her first career double to center field to score Fernandez and give BU an 8-0 lead.

The Terriers defense continued to shut down the Rams and kept Rhode Island off the scoreboard for the next two innings, allowing BU to claim its second 8-0 mercy rule victory in five innings.

Both of Thursday’s games are available to watch on Terrier TV.

Next up for the Terriers is a trip to Fairfield, Conn., on Sunday, April 22, for a doubleheader with the Stags. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

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