April 28, 2014
Box Score | Highlights | Coach Gleason's postgame comments
BOSTON - Highlighted by senior Amy Ekart's homer and freshman Brittany Younan's pair of RBI hits, the Boston University softball team claimed a 4-3 victory over UMass Lowell. With the victory, the Terriers (30-18) extend their win streak to 11 games, longest since 2005, and clinch the program's fifth 30+ win season in the last six years.
In her fifth complete-game performance of the season, freshman Makinna Akers (8-2) pitched six scoreless innings before allowing three straight two-out hits, including a three-run blast over the right field fence. She induced a fly out to left to end the rally and finish the game with four strikeouts against two walks.
Both Ekart and Younan finished with two hits apiece, while freshman Moriah Connolly tallied two runs scored to help the BU offense. Younan first struck in the third with an RBI single to right center in the third and followed with a two-out two-RBI single down the right field line in the fifth.
The River Hawks (9-35) had their opportunity to get on the scoreboard in the third. With two outs, they loaded the bases behind two singles and a defensive error. Akers got out of the jam though by getting a fly out to left.
In the bottom half after Ekart's second-inning homer, lead-off batter Connolly took second after the River Hawks muffed a throw at first. She reached third on senior Jayme Mask's sacrifice bunt and later scored on Younan's single.
During the fifth inning, Ekart and Connolly hit two singles. After a fielder's choice, Younan delivered with a single to plate two runs and extend the lead to 4-0.
Senior Chelsea Kehr
tried to add more runs in the sixth by leading off with her team-high 16th double of the season, but the Terriers ended up stranding runners at the corners.
The extra runs were not needed, as the River Hawks only managed three runs in the seventh for the one-run loss.
With four regular season games remaining, the Terriers will next travel to UMass on Wednesday (April 30) for a 5 p.m. start and will then return to campus on Saturday for a three-game weekend series against Bucknell.