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The Terriers started their season off with a bang by winning all five of their games in the Stetson Lead-Off Classic. BU swept the series in dominating fashion, outscoring opponents 29-4 over the course of the weekend.
Friday — BU wins 9-3 over Sam Houston State
The Terriers were as potent as ever at the plate in their first win of the season, scoring three runs in both the first and fourth innings. They also walked nine times and struck out only three times.
Junior designated hitter Marina Sylvestri put the Terriers on the board with an RBI single in the first inning. Sylvestri batted in four runs on two hits for the afternoon. Junior left fielder Jen Horita punctuated BU’s three-run fourth by stealing home to score the Terriers’ eighth run of the game. Another key contributor was sophomore utility Emily Gant, who collected three hits.
In the circle, junior pitcher Ali DuBois spun six innings, allowing nine hits, three runs, and two walks. Freshman pitcher Lizzy Avery threw a scoreless inning and struck out two batters to complete the game.
Friday — BU wins 2-0 over Stetson
After putting up a barrage of runs in their first game, the Terriers’ bats were much quieter in their second contest of the day. Sophomore center fielder Aliyah Huerta-Leipner’s two-run homer in the fifth inning broke the scoreless tie and provided all the offense BU needed to secure a win.
Avery made her first start of the season, and she and DuBois combined for seven shutout innings.
Saturday — BU wins 6-0 over George Mason
Freshman third baseman Caitlin Coker went 4-for-4 and knocked in two runs. Huerta-Leipner, shortstop Patricia Dun, and first baseman Audrey Sellers also racked up two hits apiece. As a team, the Terriers struck out only twice all morning.
DuBois dominated yet again, throwing six innings and striking out 10 batters without allowing a run. The win moved her to 3-0 in her first three games.
Saturday — BU wins 10-0 over Stetson
Gant was the Terriers’ MVP at the plate and in the circle. As a pitcher, she allowed only two hits over five innings. In her first at-bat, she doubled down the left field line to score two runs.
Gant wasn’t the only Terrier who hit for power against the Hatters. Huerta-Leipner picked up three RBIs on a fifth-inning double, and Horita produced a two-run double in the top of the first.
Sunday, BU wins 2-1 over Sam Houston State
Sam Houston State was able to make BU work for its final win of the tournament. The Terriers picked up two runs in the bottom of the third on a hit from Gant and a sacrifice fly from Sylvestri, but the Bearkats scored a run in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one.
DuBois replaced Gant after the fourth and pitched three shutout innings to close out the game. DuBois struck out seven of the nine batters she faced and did not issue a walk.
Next weekend the Terriers travel to Rock Hill, SC for the Winthrop Classic. They open their five-game set against Georgetown, followed by Towson, UNC Greensboro, Eastern Kentucky, and Virginia.