Softball Falls to Memphis in 11 innings, 5-3
Feb. 14, 2014
LAFAYETTE, Louisiana – Tory Speer hit a game-tying, three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning but the Eagles were unable to take advantage of several late-inning opportunities as Boston College fell to Memphis, 5-3 in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader.
Boston College twice had a runner on third with less than two outs, in the sixth to take the lead and in the ninth to win the game, but was unable to deliver the clutch hit as Memphis scored two runs in the top of the 11th inning to top BC.
After freshman starting pitcher Jordan Weed was touched up early for three runs in two-thirds of an inning, Nicole D’Argento came in and pitched the next 10.1, giving up just three hits and two runs (one earned) with nine strikeouts.
The Tigers jumped on the board early with a three-run inning in the top of the first. Lindsay Crowdus hit a leadoff single to start the inning and Ijiah Hargrove followed that with a bunt single, moving Crowdus to third. Brittany Vaugn then walked to load the bases before Libby Goranson hit a two-run single through the right side of the infield.
Amber Lindahl batted next for Memphis and gave the Eagles a little breathing room by grounding into a double play. Weed then walked the next batter and was moved to first base and replaced by D’Argento, who struck out the next batter to end the inning.
Despite a rocky start, Boston College answered right back with a three-run inning of its own. After Taylor Coroneos hit a one-out single and D’Argento walked, slugger Tory Speer roped a three-run home run over the left field wall to tie the game at three in the bottom of the first inning.
BC had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the sixth, but was unable to move across the runner on third. D’Argento and Speer walked before Jessie Daulton hit a single to load the bases with one out. Nicole Koszowski pinch hit for Weed and struck out looking on a full count for the second out, and Alana Dimaso popped out to second to end the inning.
The Eagles’ next chance came in the bottom of the 10th inning. Coroneos was placed on second to start the inning because of the international tie breaker rule and D’Argento moved her to third on a leadoff groundout. Speer was then intentionally walked, putting Tatiana Cortez at bat with one out and runners on first and third. Cortez struck out and Weed flied out to end 10th, stranding the runner at third.
In the top of the 11th inning, Anna Thomas hit an RBI triple and then scored on a double by Vaughn to give the Tigers a 5-3 lead. Coroneos batted for the Eagles with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th, but flew out to left to end the game.
Boston College (1-1) will return to action tomorrow for another double header, starting with Memphis at 12:30 p.m. followed by Valparaiso at 8:00 p.m.