April 6, 2012
BOSTON - The Boston University softball team travels to Orono, Maine, this weekend for a three game series with the Maine Black Bears. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 7, beginning at 12 p.m. then close the series on Sunday, April 8, at 12 p.m.
The Terriers (20-12, 4-2 America East) look to get back on track after losing four of their last five games including a 3-2 loss to Bryant on Wednesday. BU aims to return to the winning ways of earlier this season, when staged an eight-game winning streak, including a sweep of America East rival Binghamton two weeks ago.
The sophomore class has provided the most production on the field for the Terriers, as second-year starter Jayme Mask ranks fourth in the conference with a .367 batting average and second in the league with 33 hits. Classmate Chelsea O’Connor is just behind Mask with 32 hits on the season while also ranking second in the AE with 22 runs scored. Fellow sophomore Megan Volpano also has 32 hits for BU. Catcher Amy Ekart has driven in a team-high 20 runs for the Terriers while hitting five home runs.
On the mound, sophomore Holli Floetker leads BU with a 12-3 record and a 1.80 ERA. The right-handed hurler has pitched 105 innings, compiling 82 strikeouts. Junior Whitney Tuthill is second on the team with a 2.60 ERA and a 4-4 record while classmate Erin Schuppert dropped to 4-5 on the season with the loss to Bryant. Schuppert has a 3.79 ERA.
As a team, BU is batting .265 while leading the America East with 228 hits. The Terriers pitching staff has a conference-best 1.93 ERA.
Maine enters the weekend with a 7-22 overall record and a 0-3 mark in conference play. The Black Bears were swept by Albany in their AE opener last weekend before ending their skid with a 9-0 victory over Husson in five innings on Tuesday.
Rookie EmJ Fogel leads Maine with a .316 batting average and is tied with sophomore Dagmar Ralphs for the team lead with 24 hits. Senior Ashley Kelly is 3-9 on the mound for the Black Bears with a 3.63 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched.
The Terriers will return to Boston to host Massachusetts next Thursday, April 12, in a non-conference matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the BU Softball Field.