Massachusetts Welcomes Boston University To Amherst On Thursday
April 10, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The Massachusetts softball team returns home for a brief stint this week when they play host to New England rival Boston University Thursday evening at Sortino Field. Action will get going at 5 p.m.
The Minutewomen are coming off a 7-4 win at Boston College on Tuesday that saw them draw seven walks - their most in a month - and collect 10 hits. The squad has posted double-figure hits in seven of the last nine games.
Leading the way during the past few weeks has been senior RF Katie Bettencourt who has been hitting .515 with 13 RBI. Lindsey Webster also has 13 RBI during that stretch and has paced the team with three doubles and three home runs.
But the biggest improvement of late has been the development of the pitching staff. In that same timeframe, Caroline Raymond has gone 6-1 in six starts with five complete games and a pair of shutouts. Moreover, her earned run average has decreased in six of her seven outings.
If Raymond gets the nod on Thursday, she will be facing a BU squad that is 11-20-1 and lost three straight. The Terriers will also bring some extra motiviation to the field as their first-year head coach, Kathryn Gleason, was on Elaine Sortino's staff for a combined eight years over two stints.
BU is led offensively by leadoff hitter Jayme Mask. She is hitting .366 with a .434 on-base percentage and 19 stolen bases - all team highs. Whitney Tuthill has gotten the lions share of the starts on the mound and is 9-11 with a 2.53 ERA over 18 starts. If she doesn't open the game for BU, either Lauren Hynes (1-4, 5.33 ERA, 7 starts) or Erin Schuppert (1-5, 8.25 ERA, 7 starts) will have a go at the Minutewomen. Tuthill pitched a complete game at UMass last year and was the hard-luck loser in the 1-0 contest.
UMass leads the series 13-3 overall and 8-3 in Amherst. More recently though, the games have been very close with a three one-run games and the only postseason meeting between the schools. The Minutewomen won the only game a year ago on a walk-off RBI single by Christine Della Vecchia. The game at BU earlier in the year was rained out.
UMass has won the last five in the series dating back to a 10-4 BU win in an elimination game of the 2010 NCAA Amherst Regional.
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