Boston University softball wins Patriot League to face Oregon in NCAA Tournament

The Boston University softball team will face Oregon in the first round of the NCAA Division 1 Softball Tournament, marking the program’s 10th appearance in 16 seasons and second in a row.

The Terriers (52-4-1) won the Patriot League to earn an automatic bid and will meet the Ducks (28-19) in the Norman (Okla.) Regional on Friday (5:30 p.m.).

The winner of BU-Oregon will face the winner of No. 2 Oklahoma (49-6) and Cleveland State (22-24).

BU won the Patriot League for the seventh time and claimed its 16th conference title when it defeated Lehigh 1-0 in eight innings on Saturday.

The Terriers claimed their fifth national title in six years when Brooke Deppiesse led off the top of the eighth inning with a double, advanced to third base on a grounder and scored on a fielding error.

It marked the fifth time under coach Ashley Waters that BU has won the Patriots League regular season and tournament titles.

Littleton’s Kasey Ricard (27-3, 1.20 ERA) and Allison Boaz (17-1, 1.41 ERA) split time in the circle, while BU’s offense was paced by outfielder Lauren Keleher, an Abington native who leads the team with a .407 average and eight home runs.

Infielder Caitlin Coker is hitting .406 with seven home runs and is tied with Kayla Roncin for the team lead with 10 steals. Roncin, a returning All-America infielder, has a team-high 44 RBIs.

The Terriers have not won more than one tournament match since 2009, when they were regional finalists.