April 25, 2014
Time Changes for the Weekend
With rain in the forecast for the Boston area this weekend, the two teams will now play a single game on Saturday at 3 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday with first pitch for game one scheduled for 12 p.m.
The Boston area is calling for rainfall both days this weekend. The forecast for Saturday is 44 degrees at the start of game one with a 70-percent chance of precipitation. Sunday will be warmer with a high of 55 degrees but there’s 50-percent of showers expected all day.
This weekend marks the first ever matchup between the two programs.
Scouting Boston U
The Terriers enter the series 26-18 overall and are second in the Patriot League behind Lehigh with an 8-4 conference mark. Boston has rattled off seven straight victories including four against League competition (Colgate, Holy Cross). BU possesses one of the top offenses in the PL, ranking first in batting average (.309), on-base-percentage (.372), hits (360), runs (224) and doubles (73). The Terriers boast six players batting over .300 led by Jayme Mask’s .401 average. She has collected 59 hits in 44 games played and has scored a team-leading 37 runs. Brittany Clendenny has driven in 40 runs on the season to power the Boston offense. In the circle, Lauren Hynes has appeared in 34 games, making 25 starts. She’s pitched to a 3.59 earned-run average in 150.1 innings of work with a 14-13 record. Makinna Akers has started 11 games for BU, going 6-2 with a 2.34 ERA in 77.2 innings pitched.
The Leopards are currently riding a season-high four-game win streak and are winners in five of their last six games. Kristen Berger tops the Maroon & White with a slash line of .269/.353/.378. The junior also leads the team is base hits (32), runs (18), doubles (10), RBIs (16) and stolen bases (five). She is just one of three Leopards to start in all 39 contests this year. Bryn Gornick is batting .255 and has driven in 15 runs in 37 games played. She is also 3-1 with a team-low 3.33 ERA in 16 appearances in the circle. Melissa Robinson ranks third in the Patriot League with 11 complete games including going the distance in her last start. The senior has earned a team-high four wins in 20 appearances, covering 109 innings pitched.
Last Time Out
Lafayette swept Villanova on Wednesday in a non-conference action. Trailing 2-0, the Leopards scored four times in the top half of the sixth inning and added an insurance run in the seventh to take game one 5-2. Melissa Robinson recorded the go-ahead RBI in the frame, singling up the middle plating Allison Brown. Robinson scattered seven hits and recorded five strikeouts in her seven innings of work to pick up the victory. In the nightcap, Kelly Lallis went 4-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored to the lead the Maroon & White to an 8-4 win. Lindsey Cherry threw 1.1 hitless innings to earn her first collegiate save. The team registered 16 hits in the win, the most by a Leopards squad since they had 17 base knocks in a win over Fairleigh Dickinson on April 30, 2009.
Moving Up the All-Time Lists
Melissa Robinson has moved up the all-time charts in her senior season on College Hill. In addition to being the all-time record holder in complete games (88) and shutouts (8), Robinson is now first in Lafayette history in games started with 105 and innings pitched, having worked 689.1 innings. She also sits in second place in appearances with 115. The Philadelphia, Pa. native finds herself fourth all-time in career strikeouts with 276 and wins with 32 career victories.
The Leopards wrap up the 2014 regular season on Wednesday, April 30 with a non-conference doubleheader against Marist at Metzgar Athletic Fields Complex. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 3 p.m.