BU Drops Pair to Ranked Teams in Season Opener

BU Drops Pair to Ranked Teams in Season Opener

Feb. 13, 2015

Box Scores: #3 Oklahoma (L, 14-4 / 5 inn.) | #15 Washington (L, 11-3 / 5 inn.) 

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TEMPE, Ariz. - Opening the Littlewood Classic against a pair of recent national champions, the Patriot League preseason favorite Boston University softball team fell to No. 3 Oklahoma (14-4) and No. 15 Washington (11-3) on Friday morning at Arizona State's Barrington Stadium.

Highlighted by sophomore Moriah Connolly's three hits and sophomore Brittany Younan's three RBIs, the Terriers (0-2) scored in the first inning against both the 2013 champion Sooners (6-0) and 2009 champion Huskies (5-1) but could not sustain the offensive production during the middle innings, as they lost both contests by run-rule decision.

Oklahoma entered the matchup after outscoring five opponents in Hawaii last weekend, including then-No. 25 DePaul, by a combined score of 52-5. Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, the Sooners used a bases-clearing triple to grab the lead for good and tallied at least three runs in each of the four innings at the plate.

Junior Lauren Hynes (0-1) went two innings and allowed eight runs, three earned, off two hits and five walks. The defense committed three errors with her in the circle. 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finalist Lauren Chamberlain led Oklahoma with two hits, including a three-run blast over left-center in the fourth, and three runs scored.

The Terriers grabbed the early lead after Hynes plated Connolly from second on an RBI single to first. Finishing with seven strikeouts, they added three more runs in the top of the fifth on freshman Jilee Schanda's sacrifice fly and Younan's two-RBI single.

After allowing the final six runs to the Sooners, junior Melanie Russell (0-1) opened the second game against Washington with a strikeout. However, the Huskies then followed with two doubles and a single to take a 2-0 lead. With sophomore Makinna Akers in the circle, they added a triple and sacrifice fly for the 4-0 advantage.

In the bottom half, the Terriers loaded the bases with both Connolly and Schanda reaching on singles and Hynes advancing to first on catcher's interference. Washington limited the damage to just one run on sophomore Gabi Martinez's walk, as the Huskies earned a strikeout and ground out to second to escape ahead, 4-1.

Washington earned two more runs in the top of the third on a double to push the lead to 6-1. BU tried to answer back with one-out singles by Hynes and Schanda, but stranded both runners on a strikeout and ground out.

The resilient Terriers continued to put pressure on Washington and added two more runs in the fifth on RBIs by Younan and Martinez before the Huskies recorded the final out.

BU will continue the Littlewood Classic on Saturday (Feb. 14) with two more games. The Terriers will first face North Texas at 3:30 p.m. ET and then No. 21 Arizona State at 8 p.m. ET.

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