By: Dave Souza
Rolling after three consecutive wins to finish off the Madeira Beach Tournament two weeks ago, the Boston University Softball team returns to action this weekend after touching down in San Diego, Calif.
The Terriers (5-4) were last seen in western Florida where they bounced back after dropping the first two tournament contests by stringing together back-to-back-to-back wins to keep their record north of .500 on the young season.
Now BU will set their sites on another five-game weekend, where they’ll look to grab multiple wins on the west coast. Their first matchup in the San Diego Classic will come Friday evening against a different California college, San Jose State University.
The Spartans (8-7) have played more recently than the Terriers, staying fresh in Phoenix, Ariz., where they won three of five games in the Grand Canyon University Invitational. In those victories, SJSU outscored opponents 22-3 and blanked Portland State twice on back-to-back nights.
Freshman infielder Cassidy Clark spearheaded the Spartans offense against Portland. The Fresno native collected three RBIs across the two wins and belted a homerun.
After squaring off with SJSU, the Terriers will play the host team, San Diego State University, late Friday night to round out the double-header.
The Aztecs (8-7) are also coming off of a fruitful tournament last weekend, winning four of five in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. One of those victories came in a 3-2 win over No. 17 Utah while the Aztecs’ lone loss in the tournament came against the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles. FSU defeated SDSU 6-4 in that contest.
However, despite the impressive showing at last week’s jamboree, San Diego State stumbled in their double-header to open the current tournament. On Thursday, the Aztecs fell 7-6 and then 5-1 against McNeese State and Brigham Young University respectively in the first day.
BYU (8-6) will face the scarlet and white on Saturday afternoon. This season, Rylee Jensen has been the driving force behind the Cougars offense. She’s amassed a .415 average in 14 games this season and has a team-high 17 hits – including eight doubles – in 41 at-bats. Jensen has also driven in six runs and has scored eight.
Despite Jensen’s success at the dish, the Cougars have faltered as of late, winning three games in their last seven.
Immediately following the clash between BU and BYU, the Terriers will square off with the University of San Diego, who will also be looking to get back on track. Currently, the Toreros sit at 3-5, with losses in two of their last three.
Taylor Spence has led the charge for San Diego with a .423 average and three RBIs in eight games. The Toreros’ ace, Megan Sabbatini currently sports a 5.34 earned run average and is 3-4 in seven starts. She also has tossed a complete game this season.
The Terriers will round out their weekend with a Sunday matinee contest with the Miami (OH) Redhawks (5-8). Miami has dropped their last four, all of which came in the Carolina Classic last weekend.
However, the bright spot for the Red Hawks is pitching. Jaime Scher has started in three games, earning a 1-1 record. And while the sample size is small, Scher has already showed strong promise with one complete game and a 3.5 ERA. She has struck out 10.
The tournament kicks off at 5 p.m. on Friday and is set to round up after the Terriers finish their bout with the Redhawks Sunday at noon. A double-header against Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles immediately follows the tournament for the Terriers.