ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine softball team (7-34, 3-9 America East) travel to Boston University (17-23-1, 5-6 AE) where it will face the Terriers in a three-game weekend series. Maine and Boston University begin the set with a doubleheader at 1 PM on Saturday before closing the regular season series on Sunday at noon.
The Black Bears enter the series with Boston University 3-7 in their last 10 against the Terriers. The two teams last met on May 11, 2013 in the opening round of the America East Tournament where the #4 Black Bears fell 3-2 to the #1 seeded Terriers. Maine's last win against Boston University came in Boston on April 3, 2011, a 6-1 win in which the Black Bears swept the doubleheader.
EmJ Fogel (Vienna, Va.) leads the Black Bear offense into Boston as she is hitting .284 on the season with a team-high 40 hits to go along with 12 runs scored and eight RBI. Jean Stevens (Albany, Ore.) is hitting .270 on the season and leads both Maine and the conference in home runs with 12. Stevens has knocked in a team-high 33 RBI, with 31 hits while leading the team in runs scored (18) and slugging (.626). Jessica Burk (Warrenton, Va.) is chipping in a .252 average with 32 hits and 16 runs scored to go along with 10 RBI. Senior co-captain Hilary Kane (Concord, N.H.) is batting .232 with 22 hits, 11 runs scored and 10 RBI. Kane has ripped a team-high nine doubles on the season. In the circle, Beth Spoehr (Appleton, Wis.) has four wins to go along with a 3.83 ERA in 17 appearances with 13 starts. Spoehr has struck out 43 opposing hitters in 71.1 innings while tossing one complete game shutout victory. Hannah Hill (Fryeburg, Maine) has a pair of wins with a 4.36 ERA in 19 appearances with 14 starts. Hill has fanned a team leading 63 hitters in 85.0 innings. Kylie Sparks (Kirkland, Wash.) has one win with 24 strikeouts in 47.0 innings while Alexis Bogdanovich has a 3.45 ERA in 20 appearances to go along with 25 strikeouts in 67 innings.
Boston University enters the weekend riding a three-game losing skid after dropping a 4-3 decision to Bryant on Thursday. Jayme Mask leads all Terrier hitters as she is second in the conference with a .383 average. Mask is tied for the league lead in hits (49) while scoring 26 runs and knocking in 13 with a .455 on-base percentage. Amy Ekart is batting .304 with 18 runs scored while leading the team in home runs (4) and RBI (19). Haley King is chipping in a .291 mark at the plate 11 runs scored while Lauren Hynes is batting .278 with team leading nine doubles. Whitney Tuthill has seen the majority of the innings in the circle for the Terriers as she is 13-12 with a 2.44 ERA. Tuthill, who has four shutouts on the season, has struck out 125 batters in 166.2 innings.