BU Beats New Hampshire, Now 11-0

With a thrilling defeat of the Northeast Division leading UNH Wildcats last Monday night, the Terriers clinched a first round bye in the NECBA playoffs. The Undefeated Terriers went into the matchup with UNH with a record of 10-0, and looked to their senior Ace Andrew Kratzer for a big win, “I knew everyone was looking to me for a big performance and I was up for the challenge” said the senior after throwing a complete game striking out 10. Kratzer overpowered the high octane UNH offense with 90+mph fastballs and a devastating curveball. “We know that whenever Kratzer is on the mound we have a great chance to win,” stated senior first baseman Eli Crozier, “It takes a lot of pressure off of the offense knowing that we only have to put up a few runs on the board to get a win,” added senior lead-off hitter Mike Robinson. The offense proved up for the challenge as they provided enough run support for the victory.  Behind solid base running and small ball, the Terriers were able to take a 2-1 lead. It was not until top of the sixth inning when the offense finally opened the flood gates. Jay Godfrey led off the sixth with a single into left field, and after a past ball and a fielder’s choice, Godfrey ended up on third. A sacrifice fly from senior Ben Burkholder gave the Terriers the lead and they would not relinquish it. After a pitching change, sophomore catcher Jordan Kessel hit a fastball over the right-centerfield fence to give the Terriers a 4-2 lead. After giving up one run in an intense sixth inning, the Terriers were able to add on another in the top of the Seventh. With two men on with two outs and the winning run at the plate, Kratzer overpowered the final batter for UNH for his 10th strikeout giving the Terriers their most impressive victory to date.