Boston University shuts out Albany
Floetker pitches complete game shoutout to lead Terriers to title
BOSTON -- Behind the arm of the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, Boston University captured the America East Championship with a 5-0 shutout of Albany Sunday afternoon for its ninth conference crown. The top-seeded Terriers (40-14) earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, where they will make their third appearance in the past four years.
Sophomore Holli Floetker posted her sixth shutout of the season en route to earning the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award. Joining her on the All-Tournament team were classmates Brittany Clendenny, Amy Ekart and Jayme Mask.
Clendenny and Mask led the Terriers offense with a pair of hits each while catcher Ekart knocked in a pair of runs to fuel BU’s triumph. All nine batters hit safely on Sunday to help clinch the America East Tournament title. Mask also stole three bases on the day, upping her total to 24 on the season.
Floetker dominated on the mound the entire game, scattering just three hits and fanned the same amount of batters to pick up her 19th victory of the season and sixth shutout of the year.
Albany’s Brittany Schwieger lasted four and a third innings, surrendering eight hits and five earned runs in the losing effort. Sophomore Brittany MacFawn came in relief, striking out two batters and giving up three hits.
Albany threatened to score in the bottom of the first after retiring the Terriers, in order, to start off the game. As the second batter of the inning, Diane MacDowell was walked and turned it into a spot on third base as she stole second and advanced on an errant throw from Ekart. Floetker closed out the inning without any further damage and BU parlayed it into a 2-0 lead in the next frame.
Clendenny ignited the rally with a rip down the right field line. Chelsea O’Connor overtook Clendenny’s spot on first with a fielder’s choice and moved over to second base after junior Emily Roesch grounded out to the mound. After freshman Mandy Fernandez walked, Ekart cleared the bases with a double to right field to give the Terriers a 2-0 lead. Floetker was fueled by the early run support and shut down the Great Danes in order in the bottom of the second.
Boston University threatened again at the top of the third frame with runners on second and third. Mask singled to right field at the top of the order and stole both second and third base. Clendenny walked with two outs and also stole second but O’Connor flew out to straight away center field to end the inning.
The Terriers’ offense erupted at the top of the fifth, plating three runs to give BU a five-run cushion. Senior Erica Casacci led off with a gap shot through the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch to sophomore Megan Volpano. Volpano took the next offering to left field and put runners at the corners for Clendenny, who singled up the middle to bring Casacci home. O’Connor used a sacrifice fly to advance the runners before the Great Danes switched pitchers.
Roesch posted the first hit off MacFawn with an RBI single and advanced to second on the throw as Volpano scored. Roesch then took third when Fernandez popped up to the second baseman before the Terriers tacked on another run with a passed ball to take a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Terriers offense did not score in the tops of the sixth and seventh innings but BU relied on the arm of Floetker to limit any chance Albany had at a rally down the stretch. The right-handed hurler allowed BU to retire nine consecutive batters from the bottom of the fifth to the bottom of the seventh, as BU captured the America East crown with the 5-0 victory.