BOSTON, Mass — Jessica Burk blasted her second home run of the year, a two-run shot, to bring Maine within a run but that would be as close as the Black Bears would get as they dropped a 3-2 decision to Boston University in the opening round of the America East Tournament Friday. EmJ Fogel also had a solid day at the plate as the freshman went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
The Black Bears got off to solid starts in each of the first two innings as Fogel doubled over the right fielder’s head to start the first and Dagmar Ralphs singled to left to begin the second. However, Maine left both runners on base as the game entered the bottom of the second scoreless.
Boston University took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Melanie Delgado blasted her second home run of the season. Emily Roesch started the rally with a one-out single into right field. After the Black Bears recorded the second out of the inning, Amy Ekart smoked a line drive to third, reaching safely on the hit. Delgado then stepped in and stroked a two-out home run over the left field fence, giving the Terriers a 3-0 edge.
Maine answered with a pair of runs of its own. Fogel started the inning with her second hit of the game, a sharp single up the middle. Burk then stepped in and blasted her second home run of the season onto the batting cage in the left field, bringing Maine back within a run at 3-2.
After the Terriers led off the bottom of the third with a pair of singles, Maine starter Ashley Kelley and the Black Bear defense beared down, getting the next three hitters to flyout to escape the jam.
The score would remain at 3-2 heading into the top of the seventh where the Black Bears made things interesting. Jean Stevens started things with a great at-bat, fouling off pitch after pitch before going the other way with a single into left. Kristen Koslosky pinch ran for Stevens, advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt from Margaret Hilton. With two away in the inning, Lindsey Jenkins slapped a base hit to short, giving Maine runners at the corners with two outs. Fogel then stepped in for Maine and blasted an 0-1 line drive into left. However, the ball was hit right at the BU left fielder who recorded the out, giving the Terriers the 3-2 victory.
Kelley takes the tough loss for Maine as she slips to 8-12 after giving up three runs on 10 hits with two walks and a strikeout. Holli Floetker went the distance in the win for the Terriers as the sophomore gave up two runs on six Maine hits while striking out seven.
The Black Bears will return to action 1:30 p.m. Saturday as they face the loser of the Albany and Stony Brook game on day two of the America East Tournament.