April 6, 2014
Box Score | Coach Gleason's Postgame Comments
BOSTON - After being held scoreless through four innings, the Boston University softball team's offense exploded with eight runs off seven hits in the fifth to beat Lehigh, 8-4, and capture the weekend series on Sunday afternoon at the BU Softball Field. Suffering back-to-back losses for the first time since March 6, the Patriot League preseason favorite Mountain Hawks drop to 17-12 (7-2 PL), while the Terriers improve to 19-14 and 4-2 in conference action.
Sophomore Lauren Hynes (12-10) went the distance for the 11th time this season and held Lehigh to four runs off nine hits while recording four strikeouts against three walks. Junior Emily Felbaum batted a perfect 3-of-3 and was one of two Terriers alongside senior Jayme Mask to hit a two-RBI double during the game-changing fifth inning.
The Mountain Hawks' Christine Campbell (7-4) lasted 4.1 innings and allowed five runs off seven hits while recording three strikeouts and one walk. Ashley Quigley tried to stop BU's offensive onslaught, but BU added three more runs against her for the victory.
Lehigh entered the first-ever conference meeting between the two programs on a 12-game win streak and shut out BU, 3-0, in the first contest. Picked second in the preseason poll after departing the America East with nine conference crowns, The Terriers rebounded with a 6-4 victory and then won the series Sunday. The combined 14 runs are the most allowed by the defending Patriot League regular season champion Mountain Hawks in back-to-back conference games since Colgate won a pair of games in 2011 by a combined score of 21-12.
The Mountain Hawks got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning when Jessica Calvini hit a towering, hooking shot that just went over the left field pole for the 1-0 lead. Alexis Watanabe scored the second run in the third when she replaced Makenzie Velasquez at first on a fielder's choice, stole second and reached home on Calvini's single up the middle.
BU's best chance to score before the fifth occurred in the bottom of the second. With two outs, freshman Brittany Younan and Felbaum hit back-to-back singles. They then moved into scoring position with stolen bases, but Campbell induced a groundout to third to get out of the jam.
Both ladies set the table in the fifth, leading off with back-to-back singles. After senior Brittany Clendenny's RBI single, Mask doubled to left center to give BU the 3-2 lead. Lehigh then muffed a throw at first, allowing Mask to score and for senior Chelsea Kehr to reach second.
The Terriers took advantage of the miscue, as Hynes singled to right field to plate junior pinch runner Kendra Meadows. Junior Mandy Fernandez crushed the ball to center to score Hynes. Senior Amy Ekart followed with a walk and then reached home alongside Fernandez on Felbaum's two-RBI double to center.
Trailing by six in the top of the seventh, Lehigh cut the deficit to four with a two-out two-run homer by Chrissy Waggy. The Mountain Hawks would not get another run on base, as Hynes finished the game by catching a harmless pop up.
The Terriers will next hit the road for Dartmouth on Wednesday (April 9) at 3 p.m. before returning to campus to host Boston College on Thursday (April 10) at 4 p.m.