BOSTON—The fourth-seeded UMBC softball team (25-24) managed just two hits off America East Pitcher of the Year Holli Floetker and fell to No. 1 Boston University (33-16) by a score of 9-1 in six innings Thursday afternoon on the first day of the America East Championship at BU Softball Field.
Floetker took a no-hitter into the fifth, but junior first baseman Katie Ferguson (North East, Md./North East/Cecil CC) led off the inning with a double to right-center and came around to score on a two-out single down the left field line by senior center fielder Lynn Pronobis(Waldorf, Md./McDonough).
But that run was all the Retrievers would get, as Floetker retired the final four batters of the game in order.
The Terriers, meanwhile, scored two in the first and four in the third to take a commanding 6-0 lead, and after UMBC got on the board in the top of the fifth, BU responded with two in the bottom of the inning. Then in the sixth, the Terriers, who had at least on hit in each inning, had runners on first and third with one out for second baseman Melanie Delgado, whose sacrifice fly drove in catcher Amy Ekart with the winning run.
Ekart was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs on the day to pace all players offensively.
Floetker (13-4) went the distance to earn the win, allowing just one run on two hits and a walk while striking out a career-high nine. UMBC senior right-hander Stephanie Weigman (Elkridge,Md./Archbishop Spalding) suffered the loss to fall to 16-14. She surrendered six runs on five hits and three walks with two hit batters in 2.2 innings of work. Sophomore Heather Brown (Pasadena,Md./Northeast) relieved her and gave up three runs on five hits in the final three innings.
The Retrievers will face the loser of this afternoon's game between No. 2 Albany and No. 3 Binghamton on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in an elimination game.