The Terriers Wake up Their Offense

After scoring a total of 5 runs in their first three games, the Boston University Baseball team finally woke up their bats as they put a pounding on the University of Vermont in the first game of their doubleheader last Saturday. Attribute it to the warmer weather or to the positive effects of Rasputen’s, the BU offense unloaded on UVM to the tune of 14 runs, and took game one of the doubleheader 14-4. Senior Andrew Kratzer held the UVM offense down and let the Terriers cruise easily to their first ever win at UVM. Drew Egan came in relief and pitched two innings, giving up only one run and striking out four.

In game two it was all about the pitching as the Terriers showed their versatility. Bowie Matteson limited Vermont to only one run on four hits in a complete game. Sophomore Jordan Kessel scored on a past ball followed by Senior Outfielder Ben Burkholder scoring on a fielder’s choice from Senior leadoff hitter Mike Robinson. It would be all the Terriers needed, and they drove home with their first sweep of the University of Vermont.

Less than 24 hours after sweeping the doubleheader, more than 200 miles away, the Terriers took the field again against Central Connecticut State. The day would prove to be an easy day as BU swept their second doubleheader in as many days, with wins of 16-8, and 18-2.

The Terriers next travel to American International College in Springfield MA, for a doubleheader on Sunday starting at 12:1230.

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The Terriers Take a Bite out of The Beavers

When they took the field, the Boston University Baseball team had a feeling that they were in for a long night. At Breed field in Lynn, Massachusetts, they were set for their first battle with the Babson club baseball team.

The game was scoreless through the first two and a half innings, when the Terriers were able to strike first. In the top of the third, senior center-fielder Mike Robinson reached base with a walk and after and error and a fielder’s choice came around to score.

In the top of the fourth, the Terriers gave the run right back after an error to the leadoff batter, and two singles back to back scored the leadoff runner and the game was again tied, this time at 1-1.

BU did not wait long to strike back, in the bottom of the inning, the Terriers had two men on with no outs and were threatening, until a base running error saw the lead runner go down. After senior captain Matt Walsh was walked, freshman designated hitter Jack Subasic put the Terriers ahead with a single to right field, scoring Hartman.

Kratzer then continued to mow down Beavers until the top of the seventh. With a 2-1 lead, Kratzer struck out the lead batter and after a walk and stolen base, Kratzer dealt with a man on second and one out, he then blew a fastball by the number nine batter and put the Terriers one out away from victory. After striking out the leadoff batter three times, Kratzer finally got beat as he stroked a single into centerfield and tied the game. Kratzer managed to get out of the inning after a hard line drive to converted middle infielder, Peter Zampa, in left field.

After failing to score in the bottom of the seventh, and with his pitch count well over 100, Kratzer took the mound again in extra innings. After two errors and a walk, the bases were loaded with no outs. A hard ground ball got past Jay Godfrey at third and scored the go ahead run, but that would be it for the Beavers in the eighth as Kratzer managed a fielder’s choice, strikeout, and a ground ball to Bowie Matteson at second to end the inning.

The Terriers refused to die in the bottom of the eighth. After a ground ball out to start the inning, the Terriers made their final push. After a walk to Peter Zampa, sophomore catcher Jordan Kessel came up and knocked in Zampa from first with the game tying double. After an error on Babson’s shortstop, it was Walsh who was up to bat and his ground ball up the middle scored Kessel and gave the Terriers the victory.

This was a significant win for the Terriers playoff hopes, given both the short season and quality of Babson’s ballclub. The Terriers have the weekend off for Easter and hope to keep up their winning ways next week.

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Week 2 Power Rankings

“With New Hampshire splitting a weekend series with Harvard, they improved to 4-1 and stayed pat in the number one spot as Boston University got PostPoned on Saturday against Central Connecticut College and was idle on the week”

Complete Rankings:

1. UNH

2. Boston University

3. UVM

4. Three Rivers

5. Tufts

6. Harvard

The Terriers fight to regain the top spot in the ACBA rankings in Friday night’s game against Babson, and their weekend doubleheader with American International College.

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