March 30, 2016
BOSTON – Despite both juniors Gabi Martinez and Brittany Younan finishing with three hits apiece, the Boston University softball team came up just short to crosstown rival Boston College, 5-4, in eight innings at home Wednesday afternoon.
The Terriers (11-16) edged the Eagles (19-13) in hits, 10-9, but ended the contest stranding a combined 11 runners on base to suffer their third straight one-run loss. Allyson Frei (11-8) entered the contest averaging a strikeout an inning and finished with nine in four innings of relief to collect the victory.
With a 4-2 lead in the fifth, Frei blew the save for the Eagles, as junior Gabi Martinez lifted a two-run homer toward left-center to help send the game to extra innings. She went 3-of-4 with two RBIs, while Younan collected three hits, including an RBI single in the fourth.
BC jumped out ahead in the second against senior Melanie Russell when the Terriers were assessed an obstruction call at home while applying the tag. After Madison Paulson was ruled safe on the error, Allyson Moore followed with a two-out RBI single. One inning later, Jessie Daulton added another RBI single to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Terriers left a combined four runners on the base paths before breaking through in the fourth with two runs off four hits. With the bases loaded, Younan and Wong hit back-to-back RBI singles to pull within one. Jessica Dreswick prevented further damage by inducing a bases-loaded fly out to center.
Tatiana Cortez put BC back ahead by two with a solo shot in the fifth, but Martinez erased the deficit in the bottom half against Frei after sophomore Kaitlin Sahlinger was hit by a pitch. BU had an opportunity to grab the lead in sixth with two runners in scoring position and one out, but Frei tallied back-to-back strikeouts to maintain the deadlock.
BC retook the lead in the eighth against senior Lauren Hynes (8-8) on an RBI single by Chloe Sharabba after Jordan Chimento doubled to right center. Frei almost lost the lead again by giving up a one-out walk to Hynes and single to Younan but for the third straight inning recorded the last two outs on strikeouts.
Continuing a seven-game homestand, the Terriers will next host Lehigh in a three-game weekend series featuring the last two Patriot League tournament champions. The first pitch of Saturday’s doubleheader is set for 12 p.m.