May 12, 2012
Box Score | GameTracker (Sunday)
BOSTON - The Terriers scored in each of the final four innings, including sophomore Amy Ekart's solo home run in the sixth, en route to a 7-3 win over Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon at the BU Softball Field.
BU (39-14) advanced to the America East title game, which will take place on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The Terriers will battle Albany in a rematch of the 2011 America East title game.
Junior Whitney Tuthill hurled a complete game to earn her 14th win of the season. She did well in the sixth inning to get out of a bases-loaded jam with nobody out, forcing the Seawolves into three straight groundouts to preserve a 4-3 lead.
Ekart's homer proved to be the game-winning RBI. The Terriers added three runs in the seventh, including a two-run double by senior Emily Roesch. Freshman Mandy Fernandez also homered for the Terriers.
BU opened the scoring in the first inning despite not recording a hit. Seawolves pitcher Allison Cukrov hit the first two batters before sophomore Megan Volpano laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Sophomore Chelsea O'Connor then hit a sacrifice fly to drive in sophomore Jayme Mask.
Stony Brook scored in the bottom of the frame to tie the game before the Seawolves took a 2-1 lead in their half of the third inning. The Terriers got that run back in their next at-bat thanks to Fernandez's solo shot. After working the count to 2-2, Fernandez sent Cukrov's next pitch over the right field fence. It was Fernandez's sixth homer of the season.
The Terriers took the lead in the top of the fifth thanks to some swift baserunning. Mask led off and was promptly hit by a pitch. Head coach Shawn Rychick then put on a hit-and-run play, and senior Erica Casacci delivered with a base hit to advance Mask to third base. After Volpano worked a walk, Brittany Clendenny hit a sacrifice fly to deep center, scoring Mask.
With a win tomorrow, the Terriers will clinch their first conference crown and first NCAA tournament appearance since 2010.