March 8, 2013
Box Scores: Quinnipiac (W, 7-3) | Northwestern (L, 5-0)
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CLEARWATER, Fla. - Kicking off the USF Under Armour Showcase, the Boston University softball team earned a 7-3 victory over Quinnipiac before dropping a 5-0 decision to Northwestern on Friday afternoon at the Eddie C. Moore Complex.
The Terriers (4-8) picked up their fourth win of the season behind the arm of senior Erin Schuppert (1-1). She scattered seven hits through seven innings of work, allowing two earned runs while striking out three Bobcats (2-8). Six of her teammates recorded at least one RBI with junior Brittany Clendenny finishing 3-of-4 at the plate and reaching home plate twice.
Marking BU's sixth opponent of the season to be coming off a 2012 NCAA tournament appearance, Northwestern (12-9) limited the Terriers to three hits while scoring five runs off nine hits against senior Whitney Tuthill (3-5).
Junior Jayme Mask swiped a combined four bases in the two games to improve her career total to 59, putting her into a fourth-place tie with Brandi Shields ('07) and one behind former All-American April Setterlund ('11).
The speedy outfielder led off the Quinnipiac contest with a walk and then stole two bases before scoring on a single from Clendenny. Walking in the previous at-bat, junior Megan Volpano eventually reached home on junior Amy Ekart's single. BU added a third run when sophomore Mandy Fernandez hit a grounder to second, allowing Clendenny to score.
The Bobcats cut the deficit to one in the top of the second inning with two scoring off three hits. There was also one error and three left on base. After scoring two runs, Quinnipiac had the bases loaded with only one out. Schuppert got out of the jam by inducing back-to-back grounders. Senior second baseman Emily Roesch
made the quick throw to home for the force out, and then Volpano picked up the second grounder at third to end the inning.
Freshman Lauren Hynes pushed the lead back to two in the fourth by hitting a lead-off double to right center and then scoring on a single by sophomore Emily Felbaum. The Terriers added three more in the fifth with Hynes, Felbaum and freshman Haley King all driving in a run.
Schuppert allowed just two hits the rest of the contest to earn her first victory of the season.
Following a quick break, BU returned to the field against Northwestern. The offense had no answer against the 2012 All-Big 10 Second Team selection Amy Letourneau, who struck out 11 Terriers. Mask went 2-of-3 for BU with Roesch adding the other hit.
The Wildcats got on the board first with two runs off three hits, and BU had an opportunity to rally back in the fourth. Both Ekart and Fernandez walked, but the Terriers could not take advantage, as Letourneau got two strikeouts and a flyout to center.
Northwestern then recorded back-to-back homers in the fifth to pull away for the win.
BU will remain in action on Saturday (March 9) with another double header. The Terriers will first face Wagner at 2:30 p.m. and then end the second day of competition against Youngstown State at 7:00 p.m.