March 30, 2013
Box Scores: Game 1 (W, 3-2) | Game 2 (L, 4-3)
Sunday Live Stats
VESTAL, N.Y. - Opening the America East schedule, the Boston University softball team earned a 3-2 victory before dropping a 4-3 decision at Binghamton for the doubleheader split on Saturday afternoon. Following the two contests, the Terriers move to 9-15-1 (1-1 AE), while the Bearcats sit at 10-10 (1-1 AE).
In the first game, senior Whitney Tuthill (7-8) pitched all seven innings and held Binghamton to eight hits and two runs while recording four strikeouts. Freshman Haley King crushed her first homer of the season for BU's first two runs in the fifth inning, and junior Megan Volpano singled home junior Jayme Mask in what proved to be the game-winning run in the top of the sixth. All three runs came with two outs.
The Bearcats followed the loss with four runs off eight hits against senior Erin Schuppert (1-4). Held scoreless through the first six innings, the Terriers roared back with three runs in the top of the seventh looking to rally from behind, but Kate Price earned the third out on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded for her second save of the season.
Binghamton scored the first run of the day off an RBI single with one out but could not anymore against Tuthill, as she got the next two Bearcats to strike out swinging. The Terriers took the lead in the fifth when junior pinch-hitter Chelsea Kehr earned a walk with two outs and was followed by King's blast to left.
The game was quickly tied in the bottom of the inning with Binghamton recording a lead-off double and a one-out RBI-triple. Tuthill dug in and did not allow Jessica Bump to score by inducing a pop up to short and fly out to center.
She was rewarded for her efforts in the sixth, as Mask hit an infield single and advanced to third on a groundout and error by the catcher. Hitting a game-tying two-run homer on Thursday at Providence with two outs in the sixth inning, Volpano came up big again against the Bearcats with a two-out RBI single.
Looking to grab the lead back in the bottom of the sixth, Binghamton used two singles and a walk to load the bases with just one out, but Tuthill stood tall and got out of the jam by recording the final two outs on a liner to left and grounder to the circle.
The Bearcats opened the second game with a run off two walks, a stolen base and sacrifice fly. Leading BU with three hits on the day, junior Brittany Clendenny led off the second with a single and eventually moved to third with one out. Moving on contact though, she was thrown out at home on an infield grounder to the pitcher's mound.
Binghamton added two runs in the third and an insurance score in the fourth to grab a 4-0 lead. In the top of the seventh, junior Amy Ekart and sophomore Mandy Fernandez hit back-to-back singles and advanced one base with two outs. Ekart scored when Mask reached first on a defensive error, and Fernandez tallied BU's second run off senior Emily Roesch's RBI single.
Mask brought BU within one after Volpano was hit by a pitch and Clendenny walked. The Bearcats prevented anymore damage with a force out at second on the fielder's choice.
The two squads will hold the rubber match on Sunday (March 31) at 12 p.m.