March 28, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College softball team played a double header versus Boston University on Thursday afternoon. In a game one pitcher's duel, BU edged the Friars, 2-0. Then in game two, the teams played to a 9-9 tie as the game was called due to darkness after six innings.
After five scoreless innings between the two teams, Boston University took the lead in the top of the sixth when Emily Roesch hit a double to left center, plating Brittany Clendenny and Kendra Meadows (who was pinch running for Lauren Hynes) to put the Terriers up, 2-0. Clendenny had reached base on a bloop hit to left, while Hynes had worked a walk.
The two runs were all Terrier pitcher Whitney Tuthill needed, as she limited the Friars to four hits while recording 11 strikeouts as she blanked the Friars.
On the mound for the Friars, senior Corinne Clauss (Davie, Fla.) went the distance, striking out five while yielding five hits and two earned runs to move to 2-2 on the year. Senior right fielder Jessie Bryant (Malborough, Mass.) led the Friar offense with two hits.
The Friars took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when freshman Kiarra Baldassari (Denville, N.J.) scored from third as the Terrier catcher tried to throw out sophomore Megan Rollings (Marysville, Wash.), who was stealing second. BU cutoff the throw but could not cut Baldassari down at home, who was took off from third on the throw.
The Friars then went ahead 2-0 when senior Jessie Bryant (Malnorough, Mass.) sac bunted, scoring Rollings. Next, senior Stephanie Kiesel (Ramona, Calif.) roped a two-out double to right center. Sophomore Kristie Dederick (Camarillo, Calif.) then looped a single that caught the chalk behind first base, scoring Kiesel from second to make it 3-0 after one.
Boston University responded with four runs in the top of the third to take a 4-3 lead, including a single by Emily Roesch that scored two runs.
The Friars loaded the bases and then tied the game back up in the bottom of the fourth when Rollings hit a single to shallow right to drive in freshman Kacy Williams (Midlothian, Texas). With the bases still loaded, Bryant worked a walk to score Baldassari, giving the Friars the lead once again, 5-4. Then, Kiesel drilled a line drive grand slam to center, pushing the score to 9-4 in favor of the Friars. It was her fourth home run of the season.
Boston University's Brittany Clandenny led off the third with a solo home run to left. After a walk and hit by pitch, Mandy Fernandez scored Lauren Hynes with a single to center. Emily Felbaum followed with a bunt hit to second, scoring Amy Ekhart, cutting the Friar lead to 9-7 after the top of third.
The game remained 9-2 until the bottom of the top of the sixth when Megan Volpano knocked a two-run home run out to center, tying the game at 9-9. With darkness looming, junior Marie Flego (Little Silver, N.J.) walked, Baldassari hit a single off the BU pitcher and the two advanced on a Rollings ground out. Sophomore Shanelle Harrell (Irvine, Calif.) hit a looping drive to right, but a diving catch by Lauren Hynes preserved the 9-9 tie as the game was called for darkness after six innings
Junior Emily O'Keefe (Southington, Conn.) pitched the first two innings for the Friars, allowing four hits and four runs while striking out one batter. Freshman Kiara Amos (Malden, Mass.) pitched the last four innings.
The Friars are off this weekend for Easter break and then return to the field for a doubleheader at Harvard on Tuesday, April 2. Game one against the Crimson is slated to begin at 3:00 p.m.