May 12, 2014
Patriot League Softball NCAA Regional Preview
Patriot League Softball Tournament Central | NCAA Division I Softball Tournament Bracket
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Boston University will be among a quartet of teams with 35 or more wins opening the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball tournament at the Tucson Regional on Friday, May 16, it was announced Sunday night during the selection show on ESPNU.
The Terriers (35-19) will open against host and 11th-seed University of Arizona (41-13) at 11 p.m. ET on Friday, May 16. The game will be the second contest in a doubleheader at Hillenbrand Stadium, following LSU (35-22) vs. Louisville (36-20) at 8:30 p.m.
Boston University is 6-12 all-time in the NCAA postseason, having posted at least one win in four of their six previous appearances and reaching the regional final in 1996 and 2009. The Terriers earned the automatic bid out of the Patriot League by sweeping through the double-elimination tournament at Lehigh University's Kaufman Field from May 8-10.
Host Arizona is an eight-time national champion and were the fourth place team during the regular season in the powerful Pac-12. Ranked as high as No. 9 this spring, the Wildcats are making their 28th straight NCAA appearance and hosting the first round for the 17th time.
LSU earned an at-large bid after falling 4-3 in extra innings to Kentucky in the semifinals of the SEC tournament. The Tigers will be in the postseason for a ninth-straight season.
Louisville is the automatic qualifier out of the AAC after defeating UCF 3-2 in the conference championship game on Sunday. The Cardinals are in the field of 64 for the 11th consecutive year.
The winner of the Tucson Regional faces the winner of the Lafayette Regional in a best-of-three Super Regional.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*BU is making its 7th overall NCAA Regional Tournament appearance, but first as a member of the Patriot League.
*The Terriers also participated in the NCAA Regional field in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
*BU pitcher Melanie Russell was a perfect 3-0 while pitching all 21 innings during the Patriot League tournament.
*Terriers first baseman Chelsea Kehr boasted a 1.100 slugging percentage and was named MVP of PL tournament.
*Boston U. has met Arizona on four occasions with the Wildcats winning all four -- including a 4-1 victory in 2002 NCAAs.
Boston University Captures First Patriot League Softball Title
Boston University added yet another title during its first year in the Patriot League as the Terriers rode the hot bat of Chelsea Kehr and the reliable arm of Melanie Russell to a 10-5 victory over Bucknell in the 2014 Softball Championships at Lehigh University's Kaufman Field. BU, the second seed in the four-team field, was a perfect 3-0 in the double-elimination event. The Terriers posted wins over third-seeded Bucknell to begin and end the competition to bookend around an 8-0 win over Army on Friday. The conference softball title is the 10th overall for Boston University including six America East Crowns and three as a member of the North Atlantic Conference.
Terriers Heading to Tucson, Arizona for NCAA Regional Action
Boston University will be among a quartet of teams with 35 or more wins opening the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball tournament at the Tucson Regional on Friday, May 16, it was announced Sunday night during the selection show on ESPNU. The Terriers (35-19) will open against host and 11th-seed University of Arizona (41-13) at 11 p.m. ET on Friday, May 16. The game will be the second contest in a doubleheader at Hillenbrand Stadium, following LSU (35-22) vs. Louisville (36-20) at 8:30 p.m.
Boston University is 6-12 all-time in the NCAA postseason, having posted at least one win in four of their six previous appearances and reaching the regional final in 1996 and 2009.
Patriot League All-Tournament Team
Army -- So. 3B Kasey McCravey, Fr. P Caroline Smith; Lehigh -- Fr. OF Vicky Lattanzio, Jr. P/DP Emily Bausher; Bucknell> -- Fr. 2B Jacee Almond, Jr. SS Cydnee Sanders, So. P Amanda Fazio; Boston University -- Sr. OF Jayme Mask, Sr. SS Brittany Clendenny, So. P Melanie Russell, Sr. 1B Chelsea Kehr (MVP).
Patriot League History in the NCAA Softball Tournament
Lehigh University has made the most appearances (eight) representing the Patriot League in the NCAA postseason. The Mountain Hawks also own six of the seven wins posted by League teams in the Regional Tournament. Lehigh reached the 2006 and 2009 Regional final losing to UMass and Florida in the final game.
Boston University History in the NCAA Softball Tournament
This will be the Terriers seventh trip to the NCAA Regional Softball Tournament and the program is 6-12 overall in the previous six appearances. Boston University reached regional finals on two occassions -- losing to Princeton 3-1 in 1996 and Georgia Tech 7-2 in 2009. Most recently, the Terriers went 1-2 in the 2012 Berkeley (Calif.) Regional, beating Iona but losing to Arkansas and host California.
2014 NCAA Regional Softball Tournament
University of Arizona's Hillenbrand Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
May 16-18, 2014
Boston University Terriers (35-19) at Arizona Wildcats (41-13), 11 p.m. (ET)
Series history: Arizona leads 4-0 Last meeting: Arizona 4, Boston University 1 (3/2/13; Tucson, Arizona)
Boston University enters the Tucson Regional of the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament riding a hot streak, having won 16 of its last 17 games -- including a perfect 3-0 record in the Patriot League Tournament from May 8-10. The Terriers will meet Arizona, the 11th seed in the tournament and a regional host for the 17th time. The Wildcats finished fourth during the Pac-12 regular season and are one of five teams from the powerful conference to make the 64-team field, including Oregon (49-7-1) who is the overall top seed. Arizona dominates the small sample size of meetings between the two programs -- most recently sweeping a pair of games from Boston University early in the 2013 regular season.
Boston University The Terriers are led by table-setters Jayme Mask, Brittany Younan and Britanny Clendenny at the top of the lineup. Mask hit .400 during her senior campaign and led the Patriot League in stolen bases (34) and runs scored (42). Younan, the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, batted .381 while scoring 40 runs and driving in 35 and swiping 18 bases. Clendenny, the hero in the
Terriers come-from-behind win in the first game of the Patriot League tournament, hit four home runs, drove in a team-best 50 runs and was a perfect 9-for-9 on steals. First baseman Chelsea Kehr heated up during the League tournament, blasting a pair of three-run home runs and being named the tournament MVP. In the circle, Melanie Russell was named to the All-Patriot League first team with a 12-3 record with a 2.09 ERA while striking out 106 in only 104 innings. Opponents managed only a .224 batting average against the sophomore hurler.
Arizona The eight-time national champion Wildcats are led offensively by junior catcher Chelsea Goodacre who is second among NCAA Division I players with 22 home runs and also has driven in 70 runs this spring while batting .340. Freshman third baseman Katiyana Mauga also has popped 19 home runs and knocked in 56 while junior forst baseman Hallie Wilson has scored 66 runs from the leadoff spot. Estela Pinon is Arizona's top pitcher with a 17-7 record in 33 appearances (21 starts) this season. The senior has struck out 124 batters and limited opposing hitters to a .205 batting average.
Louisville Cardinals (36-20) vs. Louisiana State University Tigers (35-22), 8:30 p.m. (ET)
Series history: Tied 1-1 Last meeting: Louisville 6, LSU 2 (3/3/13; Orlando, Fla.)
Louisville qualified for the NCAA Regional Tournament for the 11th straight season on Sunday with a 3-2 win over UCF in the championship game of the AAC. The Cardinals will open with Louisiana State University, who were an at-large bid after falling 4-3 in extra innings to Kentucky in the semifinal round of the SEC postseason tournament. The teams have met on two occasions with LSU prevailing 7-0 in 2005 and Louisville winning the most recent encounter 6-2 on March 3, 2013 in Orlando, Fla.
Louisville Katie Keller and Kelsi Jones are two of the biggest run producers in the Cardinals attack. Keller, a senior second baseman, is batting .402 and has scored 49 runs with six home runs and 35 RBI while Jones, a junior outfielder, has scored 46 runs with 11 home runs and 37 RBI. Junior first baseman Brittany Duncan leads Louisville with 39 RBI and is batting .331 with nine home runs on the season. The Cardinals have three pitchers with 10 or more wins this spring. Freshman Maryssa Becker is 13-7 with 137 strikeouts and a 2.08 ERA. Seniors Rachel LeCoq and Caralisa Connell have 13 and 10 victories, respectively.
Lousiana State Freshman Sahvanna Jaquish and sophomore Bianka Bell posted similar numbers in the middle of the Tigers offensive attack. Jaquish, a catcher, hit .335 with 35 runs scored, 13 home runs and 48 RBI while Bell, a shortstop, scored 37 runs with 11 home runs and 45 RBI. Leadoff hitter A.J. Andrews, a junior outfielder, scored 43 runs and stole 35 bases in 36 attempts for the Tigers. Freshman Baylee Corbello and senior Ashley Czechner split time in the circle for LSU with Corbello posting a 17-8 record with 175 strikeouts whole holding opposing batters to a .193 average. Czechner picked up 13 victories in 25 starts for the Tigers.
(Hillenbrand Stadium, Tucson, Ariz)
Friday, May 16
Game One: LSU (35-22) vs. Louisville (36-20), 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN3
Game Two: #11 Arizona (41-13) vs. Boston U. (35-19), 11 p.m. ET ESPNU
Saturday, May 17
Game Three: Game One winner vs. Game Two winner, 4:30 p.m. ET
Game Four: Game One loser vs. Game Two loser, 7:00 p.m. ET
Game Five: Game Three loser vs. Game Four winner, 9:30 p.m. ET
Sunday, May 19
Game Six: Game Three winner vs. Game Five winner, 4 p.m. ET
Game Seven: Rematch of Game Six if necessary, 6:30 p.m. ET