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Softball Comes Up Short in Makeup Game Against Boston University
ORONO, Maine -- Margaret Hilton (Lyndonville, Vt.) blasted her second home run of the season but a rough top of the seventh inning allowed Boston University (34-13, 12-3 America East) to slip past Maine (15-27-1, 6-8-1 AE) by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday evening. Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) and Jennifer Eberhardt (Glendale, Ariz.) each added a pair of hits for the Black Bears.
Hilton gave Maine a 2-0 lead as she blasted a home run in the bottom of the second inning. Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) started the rally when she worked a two-out walk. Hilton then stepped in and drove the ball the other way and over the right centerfield fence for her second home run of the season.
The Terriers cut the Maine lead in half with a single run in the top of the third. Jayme Mask led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third after a pair of groundouts. Brittany Clendenny drove in Mask with a single up the middle to bring Boston University within a run.
Chelsea O'Connor the game at 2-2 when she ripped her fifth home run of the season over the wall in right center.
The Black Bears looked to quickly answer as they loaded the bases in the bottom of the six with just one out. However, the Terriers escaped the jam by retiring the next two Maine hitters in order.
The Terriers took their first lead of the contest when they plated three runs, all unearned, in the top of the seventh inning. With runners on second and third and two outs, Mask scored the go ahead run on a passed ball, giving Boston University a 3-2 edge. O'Connor followed by reaching on an error which allowed Megan Volpano to score from third before another Maine mishap on a groundball hit by Chelsea Kehr allowed another Terrier to cross the plate, giving Boston University a 5-2 advantage.
Maine kept fighting in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs in the inning, EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.) got things going with a single through the left side. Burk followed with sharp line drive into centerfield before Eberhardt loaded the bases on a single through the left side. Hilary Kane (Concord, N.H.) ripped a single into left, plating Fogel from third, but that would be as close as Maine would get as the Terriers closed things out and escaped with the 5-3 win.
Ashley Kelley (Hermon, Maine) pitched the first 5.2 innings for Maine, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks. Beth Spoehr (Appleton, Wis.) took the loss in relief for Maine as she went one inning while giving up three runs, all unearned, on one hit with one strikeouts and two walks. Kylie Sparks (Kirkland, Wash.) pitched the final 0.1 inning for Maine.
Whitney Tuthill picked up the win in relief for the Terriers as she moves to 12-4 on the year after pitching the final 4.1 innings while giving up one run on seven hits with one strikeout.
The Black Bears will now travel to Hartford for a three game set beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 5th at 12 PM. With one win this weekend, Maine will clinch the fourth and final playoff spot for the America East Tournament.