May 17, 2009
Atlanta, Ga. -
Fourth seeded Boston University got consecutive home runs in the first inning to cruise to a 5-0 victory over third-seeded Auburn and eliminate the Tigers from the NCAA Atlanta Softball Regional Sunday morning.
Auburn ends the season with a 30-29 overall record after going 1-2 in the Atlanta Regional. Boston improved to 43-17.
"Obviously this is not how we wanted the day to go, but you have to credit Boston," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "Their pitcher did a good job. I'm disappointed for our seniors, but Tatiana Fernandez and Myesha Finney played well today. We'll regroup now and get ready for summer workouts and look forward to fall ball starting."
Anna Thompson took the loss for the Tigers to fall to 15-17. Thompson allowed three runs, all earned, while recording just one out in the first inning. Jenee Loree threw the final 5.2 innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on three hits with nine strikeouts and one walk
Cassidy Hardy earned the win for Boston to improve to 27-6. Hardy scattered three hits and did not issue a walk in blanking the Tigers. Hardy had four strikeouts.
The Terriers grabbed the lead in the bottom of the first inning when April Setterlund and Melissa Dubay hit back-to-back home runs to take a 2-0 lead. Setterlund's home run cleared the fence in center field and was her eighth home run of the season. Dubay's blast just made it over the fence in left-center for her fifth home run of the season.
Still in the first, Christy Leath walked following Dubay's home run and came around to score on a double to right-center by Brooke Hudson. Leath's run pushed the lead to 3-0. Loree then relieved Thompson and got a ground out and a strikeout to end the inning without another run crossing the plate.
After entering the game with one on and one out, Loree retired 11 of 12 batters faced with seven strikeouts. The only Terrier to reach base in that span came on a two-out double by Shayne Lotito in the second inning.
Lotito snapped a string of eight consecutive batters retired by Loree with a one-out single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Loree did not allow Lotito to advance, though, as Setterlund was tagged out trying to advance on a wild throw to first after hitting into a fielder's choice.
Boston increased its lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Emily Roesch connected on her fifth home run of the season. It came with Hudson aboard and with two outs in the inning.
Hardy set the Tigers down in order in the seventh to seal the victory and end the season for Auburn.