BOSTON UNIVERSITY SHUTS OUT UMBC SOFTBALL, 8-0 AND 9-0
Baltimore, Md. – BostonUniversity (14-21, 2-0 America East) shut out UMBC (19-21, 0-4 America East) by scores of 8-0 and 9-0 in a league doubleheader this afternoon at the UMBC Softball Stadium. Both wins came in five innings as Terrier pitcher Ashlee Freeman allowed (Northridge, Calif./Oaks Christian) just two hits in Game 1 and four hits in Game 2 to improve to 9-11 on the season.
In the first game, the Terriers threatened early, loading the bases with no outs. However, Retriever pitcher Kelly Claar (Federal Way, Wash./Decatur) would come out unscathed as she was able to retire the next three batters. The game remained scoreless until the top of the third when Boston’s Liz Alley (Aurora, Colo./Eaglecrest) hit a one-out single. Teammates DeKenya Williams (San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel), Chiya Louie (Shoreline, Wash./Ingraham), and Erin McDonald (Macon, Ill./Mt. Zion) then had consecutive singles before Freeman unloaded the bases with a grand slam. BostonU. added two more runs in the fourth on a homerun by Alley, and another in the fifth on a solo shot by Brittany Detwiler (Souderton, Pa./Souderton).
UMBC’s two hits came from juniors Kristie Pickeral (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) and Amanda Bile (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill). Claar (6-9) was tabbed with the loss as she allowed eight runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out one.
In the second game, the Terriers took advantage of four Retriever errors within the first two innings to go up 5-0. BostonU. opened up the game in the fourth as sophomore Josey Mendez (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) led off with a single, advanced to second on a sac bunt, and later scored along with teammate Jamie Haas (Houston, Texas/Klein) on a two-RBI single by Alley. Williams followed with a homerun to put the Terriers up 9-0.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth, UMBC had two runners in scoring position, but was not able to get anyone across the plate. Sophomore pitcher Amy Sadowl (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro Horsham) took the loss and fell to 6-7 on the season as she allowed nine runs, four earned, on nine hits in four innings of work.
The final game of the three-game series will be played tomorrow at at the UMBC Softball Stadium.