Softball: Terriers take control in Winthrop Classic

The Terriers continued to roll through their non-conference schedule, going 4-1 in the Winthrop Classic and moving to 9-1 on the season. The Patriot League preseason favorite faced tougher competition than they did in their first weekend, but still came up with two blowout wins and prevailed in a few closer competitions.

Friday — BU wins 6-0 over Georgetown 

The Terriers’ five-run third inning sent Georgetown starting pitcher Katie Vannicola back to the dugout early. Sophomore second baseman Bella Gargicevich-Almeida kicked off the inning with a two-run homer, which was the first home run of her career. Freshman catcher Audrey Sellers doubled in a run, and junior shortstop Patricia Dun brought home two more runs on a single. 

In the seventh, sophomore pinch-hitter Julia Handfield produced an RBI single to score freshman third baseman Caitlin Coker. Coker continued her hot streak from last weekend and went 2-for-3 at the plate. 

Junior pitcher Ali DuBois fared much better than Vannicola. DuBois pitched her first complete game of the year and allowed only five hits and one walk. She struck out 11 batters, her highest strikeout total this season.  

Friday — BU wins 5-4 over Towson  

The Tigers nearly came back from a four-run deficit late in the game, but their comeback fell just short and the Terriers earned their seventh straight win. 

Sophomore pitcher Emily Gant knocked in two runs in the first with a home run. In the fifth, sophomore center fielder Aliyah Huerta-Leipner hit a three-run homer to bring the score to 5-1. 

Towson center fielder Jessica Swistock tripled to left field to score two runs in the sixth, forcing BU head coach Ashley Waters to replace Gant with DuBois. The Tigers tagged DuBois for a run before she got Samantha Carson to ground out to end the game. 

Saturday — BU wins 8-0 over UNC Greensboro 

For the second time in their first eight games, the Terriers forced umpires to invoke the mercy rule. BU capitalized on a six-run third inning to build a big lead and finished off UNC Greensboro in the top of the fifth. 

Junior left fielder Jen Horita tripled in a run to begin the third. Huerta-Leipner and Dun followed suit with RBI singles to bring the score to 4-0. The biggest blow came at the hands of junior infielder Marina Sylvestri, who uncorked a three-run homer to cap off the inning.  

There were plenty of home runs to go around for the Terriers. Sellers knocked one out of the park in the bottom of the second to get the Terriers on the scoreboard. In the fourth, Huerta-Leipner added insult to injury by homering to center and increasing the lead to 8-0. 

DuBois allowed only one hit in five innings of work. 

Saturday — Eastern Kentucky wins 3-2 over BU 

Home runs won the Terriers their first contest of the day but killed them in their second. In the sixth inning of game 2, Gant gave up a home run and was pulled for the seventh. BU still led Eastern Kentucky 2-1 when the Colonels’ Isabella Gonzalez sent a two-run shot off of DuBois out to left field. 

It was an uncharacteristic mistake from DuBois, who allowed only eight home runs in 2019, and an uncharacteristic afternoon for the Terriers as a whole. 

At the plate, BU managed five hits and struck out four times. One of those hits was a second-inning home run for sophomore first baseman Nicole Amodio, which was her first of the season. Coker also reached on an error and scored Huerta-Leipner in the first.        

Sunday — BU wins 2-0 over Virginia 

DuBois had no trouble bouncing back on Sunday, pitching seven shutout innings. Virginia hitters only managed three hits and struck out six times against BU’s ace. 

Coker, the Terriers’ hitting leader with a .467 average, went 3-for-4 at the plate. Coker’s seventh-inning double brought home Horita and broke the scoreless tie. Gant also scored on a fielder’s choice in the same inning.

Up Next 

BU goes to Fayetteville, AR next weekend for the Razorback Invitational. The Terriers will face Arkansas on Thursday, Montana and Marist on Friday, and South Dakota State and Arkansas on Sunday. 

Featured Image Courtesy of Steve Simoneau.

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