March 29, 2006
Boston, MA - Dominant pitching performances from Brittany Detwiler and Cassidi Hardy led the day, as the BU softball team swept a doubleheader from Sacred Heart, 7-2 and 3-0 Wednesday afternoon at the BU Softball Field. The Terriers have now won eight straight games and evened their record at 13-13 on the season. The Pioneers fell to 4-15.
In game one, BU scored in each of the first four innings, jumping out to a 7-1 lead before coasting the rest of the way. Christy Leath singled in a run in the first inning and singled in two more in the second to give BU a 4-0 lead.
Ahead 5-1 in the fourth, BU put some more distance between itself and SHU, tacking on a pair of runs. Tyler Benson hit a one-out triple and scored on Brandi Shields' RBI single. Josey Mendez followed with a run-scoring single to give the Terriers a 7-1 advantage.
Sacred Heart scored its only runs of the day on an RBI single by junior Caitlin Carroll (Los Alamitos, CA) in the third inning, and a solo home run by sophomore Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT) in the sixth.
Detwiler was in command throughout, as she scattered seven hits while tossing her ninth complete game of the season. She walked two and fanned eight as she won her seventh straight start to improve to 8-6. Offensively, Leath finished the game 2-4 with three RBI, while Benson, Shields and Mendez rapped out two hits apiece. The Terriers had 12 hits in the game as eight of the nine starters had at least one hit.
In game two, Hardy retired 14 straight Pioneers at one point en route to her third straight win and third straight shutout. She allowed just three hits and did not allow a baserunner in innings three through six. Hardy struck out six and walked two while improving to 5-6 on the season.
BU scored all of its runs in the third inning thanks to three doubles. Melissa Dubay led off the frame with a two-bagger and scored on Brooke Hudson's double. Benson followed with an RBI single, then came around to score on Leath's double. Four of BU's six hits in the game came in the third inning.
Leath was 2-3 with one RBI, while Benson, Dubay, Molly Gallagher and Hudson accounted for the Terriers' other hits. Ashley McDonough (Lompoc, CA) (1-2) was the hard-luck loser for Sacred Heart, as she fanned four, allowing three runs in 6.0 IP.
The Pioneers (6-18) open Northeast Conference play Friday when they visit Long Island. The first game of the doublheader is set for 2:30 pm.