In one of their biggest tests over the past two seasons, the BU Baseball team spent three days on the road, trying to remain perfect. Game one was Friday night in Lynn, MA against a much improved Tufts ballclub. Freshman Josh Jason made his presence felt in his second start of the year tossing a complete game in a 5-2 Terrier victory. Rebounding from his first outing that lasted only three innings, Jason struck out 7 and kept Tufts in check all night. It was Junior Kevin O’Sullivan who tied the ballgame in the top of the sixth when the score was 2-1. The Terriers expanded their lead in the seventh and Jason finished them off with a 1-2-3 inning to seal the victory.
It was an early Sunday morning for the Terriers. Up to see the sun rise, BU made the trip to Jim Penders field in Manchester Connecticut for a 10am start to a doubleheader against Fairfield. Winning their division each of the past three seasons, Fairfield was looking for revenge against a Terrier team that ended their season with a loss last fall in the NECBA championship game. Game one was controlled by BU throughout, due mostly to Bowie Matteson’s stellar performance on the mound. Giving up only two earned runs to a mighty Fairfield offense, Matteson was in control throughout, and let the Terrier offense explode. After stranding several runners in the first two innings, the Terriers unloaded in the later innings of the game. Never trailing, BU provided 13 runs led by Junior captain Jordan Kessel with 5 runs batted in, and Sophomore Ross Zamparelli with three hits and 4 RBI’s.
Game two was much of the same with the Terriers winning an 8-3 ballgame. David Luna started and threw four strong innings, and O’Sullivan provided the relief with three scoreless, sealing the victory for the Terriers. In what was a much shorter doubleheader than last week, the BU baseball team left early and made the long trek home with the taste of victory and Red Potato Pizza still fresh.
BU will face rival Harvard this upcoming weekend at Harvard. Hopefully with a weakened roster due to the graduation of Stefan Botarelli, the Terriers will take advantage and sweep the doubleheader. Games start at 2pm.
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It was a long day at Merrimack College, but the Terriers outlasted Merrimack and took both games of the doubleheader.
In Game 1 Bowie Matteson made his season debut on the mound striking out nine batter and leading the Terriers to a 14-6 victory. The game was close through the first 5 innings until the Terriers exploded for 4 in the 6th and 6 in the 7th.
Game 2 was a different story as this heavyweight fight lasted an extra round, going into extra innings. The game provided two Terriers their debut on the mound. Josh Jason and Danny Alter both made their season debuts on the mound. They struggled combining to give up ten runs over 3+ innings but this did not stop the Terrier offense. After Junior Kevin O’Sullivan entered the game and shut Merrimack down, the offense continued to produce scoring 11 runs in the first seven innings. After a misplay in the infield in the bottom of the 7th, the Terriers found themselves playing bonus baseball, and they decided that one inning would be enough. Scoring 7 runs in the top of the 8th put the Terriers on top for good, for a victory of 18-11.
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In the season opener against Tufts, the Terriers started out with a slow start but ended up putting runs on the board in the 1st, 5th, and 6th innings, taking the opener 6-1. Sophomore David Luna got the opening day start, and threw five innings of three hit ball, giving up one run, striking out eight. Kevin O’Sullivan made his Terrier debut on the mound striking out four in his two scoreless innings of work.
Offensively the Terriers had a widespread attack with five different players scoring the six runs. Sophomore first baseman Stephen Lyne, in his first action coming off Tommy John surgery went 2-3 to lead the balanced attack. Sophomore Ross Zamparelli also had two hits including a double and a Run Batted In.
The 2012 NECBA schedule was recently announced and holding true to the rumors, there is indeed conference realignment. For the first time the Terriers will share a division with colleges other than Harvard, Tufts, and Emmanuel. Babson and Merrimack bring their always competitive program into the Central Division, hoping to take down the Terriers who have won at least eight games each of the past four seasons.
Babson has produced some memorable contests with the Terriers, most notably last season where after a 4-3 Terrier victory, the Babson faithful gave a mouthful to coach Jeff Border, “We have had some really competitive games with Babson in the past and it should be fun to continue this newfound rivalry every year now that they’ve joined the conference…When you are atop the standings as often as we are, it brings a new intensity to the regular season.” The Terriers will battle with Babson later on in the season as the weather prevented their first first doubleheader.
Merrimack is an up-and-coming program in the New England Club Baseball Association, and have increased their win total each year since they entered the league in 2009. This weekend the Terriers will play kickoff weekend at Merrimack for their first doubleheader of the season.
BU will kick off the season on Saturday at Moakley Field, with a season opening battle against their pals, Tufts. The Terriers will again battle against Tufts in the Showcase one week from today, Friday September 21, at 7:30pm.
Two days later BU will spend a Sunday battling out of conference foe Fairfield who has won the South Division each of the past three years. BU has had Fairfield’s number each of the past two seasons, beating them in the playoffs in both 2010 and in their championship victory last fall, a 10-5 win.
On the 30th of September, the Terriers will travel across the river to take on rival Harvard who will for the first time in what seems like decades will start an ace other than Stefan Botarelli. Harvard was the weak link in the chain last year for BU last year as they were the only team to defeat the Terriers between both the NECBA and ACBA.
The Terriers will finish their season with a doubleheader against conference foe Emmanuel. The New England weather is always changing to stay updated with the schedule here on the official BU Baseball website and on our twitter page @TerrierBaseball.