Softball Wins Both Games of Doubleheader in Arizona
Feb. 21, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Boston College softball team earned two hard-fought victories in its doubleheader on the first day of the Diamond Devil Invitational, defeating Idaho State by a score of 7-6 and Drake 11-8. The Eagles powered their way to victory by way of the long ball in the first game, and came back from a seven-run deficit to secure the victory in the second game.
BC jumped out to a 5-0 lead over Idaho State before the Bengals rallied to tie the game, forcing extra innings. ISU took a 6-5 lead in the top of the eighth inning, but the Eagles responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth to secure the 7-6 victory.
The Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the second inning with solo home runs by Tory Speer and Alana Dimaso. BC kept the pressure on with a three-run third inning, building a 5-0 lead. Jessie Daulton and Speer each walked before Tatiana Cortez hit a three-run homer, her second round-tripper of the year, to give Boston College a comfortable lead.
Idaho State answered in the fourth, scoring a run after a walk, double and single to cut the lead to 5-1. Boston College pitcher Nicole D'Argento was pulled and Jordan Weed replaced her in the circle. After a clean fifth inning, Weed let up four runs in the top of the sixth as the Bengals tied the score at 5-5. D'Argento replaced Weed in the middle of the inning and was able to get out of further trouble.
With the international tiebreak rules in place beginning with the top of the eighth inning, Idaho State started with a runner on second base. A sacrifice bunt pushed the runner to third, and a sac fly to right field gave ISU a 6-5 lead.
Boston College responded in its half of the inning, bunting the runner to third before Weed singled her in to tie the game. After Taylor Coroneos walked, Megan Cooley notched the game-winning hit with a single to left field, driving in Weed to settle the score at 7-6.
D'Argento (3-2) was awarded the win after seven innings of six-hit ball. She allowed just one earned run while striking out five.
In the second game, Drake put up seven runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 7-0 lead. Two walks, two singles, a double and a triple provided the offense that Drake needed to jump out ahead early in the game.
BC pushed a run across to make the score 7-1 in the top of the third with a double steal of second and home, but the Bulldogs responded with a run of their own on an RBI groundout in the bottom half of the inning.
The Eagles pulled within two with an RBI double by Speer and a three-run homer by DiMaso in the top of the sixth inning, making the score 8-6.
A fielder's choice by Daulton, an RBI single by D'Agento, and a three-run homer by Cortez in the top of the seventh inning powered the Eagles to five more runs, giving BC an 11-8 lead. Weed recorded the final three outs from the circle to secure the BC victory.
Boston College (4-3) will be back in action tomorrow for a doubleheader against Drake and #4 Arizona State.