May 18, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. - It was a mixed bag for the Boston University Softball team on Saturday as the Terriers split a pair of games at Hillenbrand Stadium in the Tucson Regional of the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament.
After losing to host Arizona on Friday in its first game of the double-elimination tournament, Boston University rebounded with a wire-to-wire 8-3 victory over AAC champ Louisville in an elimination contest.
The Terriers had to turn right around and play 23rd-ranked Louisiana State University in another elimination game immediately after the win over the Cardinals for the right to move on to the championship game against the Wildcats on Sunday.
Boston University built a 3-1 lead on the Tigers through six innings, but the SEC power erupted for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to earn the 8-3 win and end BU's season at 36-21.
Boston University 8, Louisville 3 - Melanie Russell pitched a complete game and Emily Felbaum and Gabi Martinez hit home runs as BU eliminated Louisville and moved in to game #5 of the double elimination tournament with an 8-3 win on Saturday evening.
First baseman Chelsea Kehr continued her hot hitting with a two-run single in the top of the first inning and Felbaum tacked on a three-run home run two batters later to stake Russell to a 5-0 lead.
The Terriers stretched the lead to 7-1 on RBIs by Brittany Clendenny and Mandy Fernandez before Louisville closed to 7-3 after six. Martinez hit a long home run to left-center in the top of the seventh to provide the final margin of victory.
LSU 8, Boston University 3 - Despite just a half-hour turnaround following the victory in Game #4, Boston University started strong against SEC power LSU in another elimination game on Saturday night.
Patriot League Rookie of the Year Brittany Younan put the Terriers in front with an RBI in the second inning and Clendenny, the senior shortstop, added a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth.
Russell, meanwhile, limited to the Tiger batters to just four hits while walking none over the first five innings before Bailey Landry hit a solo home run in the sixth. The seventh inning was the undoing for BU, however, as the Terriers couldn't get the final out to preserve a 3-2 lead and the floodgates opened for six more runs and an 8-3 LSU win.