Aug. 9, 2012
Coming in at No. 3 in this year’s Terrier Twelve is the Boston University softball team earning a thrilling 4-3 extra-inning victory over Iona in the NCAA Regional after claiming its ninth America East Championship.
For the first time in program history, the Terriers received a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament as they were sent to Berkeley, Calif., for the NCAA regional. After being edged by Arkansas, 3-2, BU posted a 4-3 victory over MAAC champion Iona in 13 innings. In the bottom of the 13th, the Terriers had runners at third and second following back-to-back singles by sophomore Chelsea O’Connor and junior Emily Roesch and a wild pitch. With two outs and a 2-2 count, sophomore Amy Ekart went up the middle to drive home the game-winning run.
The Terriers campaign then came to an end at the hands of No. 1 California. With the win over Iona, the Terriers finished the season with a 41-16 mark for the second best record in program history. BU also earned its fourth NCAA victory in its last three tournament appearances (2009, 2010, 2012). The Terriers were playing their best softball heading into the postseason, as they won 16 of their last 17 games prior to the NCAA tournament.
BU won its eighth regular season conference championship with a 15-3 mark in America East play to earn the No. 1 seed and home field advantage throughout the America East tournament. The top-seeded Terriers went 3-0 in the conference tournament, defeating No. 4 Maine, 3-2, No. 2 Stony Brook, 7-3, and No. 3 Albany, 5-0, to win the conference crown.
Sophomore Holli Floetker led the Terriers in the conference tournament with a pair of victories and 1.29 ERA with just two runs in 14.0 innings of work en route to being named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. She was joined by classmates Jayme Mask, Brittany Clendenny and Amy Ekart on the All-Tournament team. Mask led BU with six hits and three runs scored while Clendenny posted four hits and a pair of RBIs. Ekart drove in three runs, including a two-run homer.
Head coach Shawn Rychcik won his third straight America East Coach of the Year award and led seven Terriers to All-Conference honors. Roesch, Clendenny and Mask were named to the All-Conference First Team while junior Whitney Tuthill and sophomores Floetker and Megan Volpano received All-Conference Second Team honors. Freshman Mandy Fernandez was named to the All-Rookie Team.
Highlights of the Terriers regular season included three wins over teams that were ranked, with victories over No. 25 South Florida (5-3), No. 23 Syracuse (1-0) and RV/RV USC Upstate (4-2. BU also set a new school record with 19 hits in their 13-3 win at Bryant on March 21. They broke the 19-year old school record of 17 hits in a game, set in a contest with Edinboro on March 9, 1993.
The Terrier Twelve
No. 4 - Women's Ice Hockey Wins Hockey East Championship
No. 5 - Swimming and Diving Sweeps America East Championships
No. 6 - Women's Basketball Advances to Postseason
No. 7 - BU Athletics Announces New Field, Programs
No. 8 - Men's Ice Hockey Posts 23 Wins, Qualifies for NCAAs
No. 9 - Women's Lacrosse Wins Sixth AE Regular-Season Title
No. 10 - Field Hockey Finishes Season Ranked 13th
No. 11 - Men's Soccer Claims AE Regular Season Title
No. 12 - Men's Crew Concludes Postseason Run on Grand Note