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Terriers are sent packing

Georgia Tech ends BU softball season

Staff and Wire Reports / May 18, 2009
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Playing in its first NCAA Regional championship game in 13 years, Boston University's magical softball run came to a halt last night as No. 14 Georgia Tech broke open a 2-2 game in the fifth inning and went on to claim a 7-2 victory in Atlanta.

Cassidi Hardy, who set BU's season mark for innings pitched (236 1/3), struck out five and allowed four runs on eight hits. She finished the season with a 27-7 record and 190 strikeouts.

The Terriers (43-18) won two games at an NCAA regional for the first time in 13 years,

In the day's first game, back-to-back home runs in the first inning by April Setterlund and Melissa Dubay lifted BU to a 5-0 victory over Auburn.

After Setterlund and Dubay went deep, Brooke Hudson cracked an RBI double to give BU a 3-0 lead after one inning.

Freshman Emily Roesch added insurance in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run homer.

Shayne Lotito had three hits on the day to set a season school record with 71.

NCAA Division 1 Amherst Regional - UMass tried to make its season last as long as possible, but after playing two games yesterday - including a nightcap that lasted 15 innings ( 5 hours 13 minutes) and finished at 1 a.m. this morning - the Minutewomen were eliminated by Washington, 6-1.

UMass (41-10) forced the second game by winning in the afternoon, 5-1. Whitney Mollica and Samantha Salato crushed early home runs and Brandice Balschmiter hurled a three-hitter. Mollica went 2 for 4 with three RBIs in becoming the school's all-time career RBI leader with 156.

In second game, Washington (44-11) scraped together a run in the first while Salato accounted for UMass's only run with a solo homer in the fourth. Then Balschmiter and Washington's Danielle Lawrie went to work, with each pitcher going the distance. Balschmiter struck out 14 and silenced the Huskies until the 15th when they used six hits to score five runs. Lawrie allowed seven hits with 23 strikeouts.

NCAA Division 3 championships - Sophomore Erin Truebenbach allowed three hits as Gustavus Adolphus ended Tufts's season with a 5-0 victory in an elimination bracket game at Montclair, N.J. Tufts finished 44-3. In the Jumbos' first game of the day, sophomore Izzie Santone pitched a four-hit shutout and Casey Sullivan belted a two-run homer to beat Texas-Tyler, 4-0.

NCAA Division 1 quarterfinals - Steele Stanwick scored two goals and had five assists to help top-seeded Virginia blow out Johns Hopkins, 19-8, at Annapolis, Md., and secure a berth in the final four next weekend at Gillette Stadium. Shamel Bratton scored a five goals and Garrett Billings added four more and three assists for Virginia (15-2), which advanced to semifinals for the seventh time since 1999. Danny Glading and Rhamel Bratton scored two goals apiece for the Cavaliers, who will face Cornell (12-3) Saturday . . . In the other quarterfinal at Annapolis, Ned Crotty scored twice and had five assists as third-seeded Duke held off North Carolina, 12-11. Max Quinzani of Duxbury scored two goals for Duke (15-3), which will face Syracuse Saturday in Foxborough.

NCAA Division 3 semifinals - Brian Krol had three goals and an assist and fourth-ranked Cortland State went on a 9-2 run in the second half to knock out visiting Middlebury (15-3), 16-8.

NCAA Division 3 N.E. Regional final - Jeremiah Bayer allowed three hits and struck out seven over 4 1/3 innings of relief to spark Trinity to a 5-4 victory over Eastern Connecticut State in Mansfield, Conn. The Bantams (33-5) will face Kean University Friday in the national tournament.