Softball Splits Saturday's Doubleheader
Feb. 22, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Boston College softball team split its doubleheader in the second day of the Diamond Devil Invitational, defeating Drake 11-8 and falling to No. 4 Arizona State 3-0. The Eagles rallied from a three-run deficit to earn the victory in the first game, but were unable to push across a run against stiff pitching by ASU in the second game.
In the first game, Drake took an early 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Four singles did the damage for the Bulldogs in the opening frame, as freshman pitcher Jordan Weed was unable to record the third out of the game before allowing three runs to cross the plate.
Boston College responded with two runs in the top of the second. With runners on first and third, the Eagles converted a double steal as Tory Speer took home and Alana DiMaso took second. Weed followed that up with an RBI double to plate DiMaso.
Drake scored once more in the bottom of the second inning to take a 4-2 lead, but it would prove to be the last runs the Bulldogs could manage. Boston College then took the lead for good with a three-run third inning. An RBI single by Nicole D'Argento and a two-run homer by Speer powered the Eagles to a 5-4 lead.
Boston College then tacked on three more runs on a DiMaso solo homer in the fourth, and sacrifice flies by Alison Chase and Speer in the sixth and seventh, respectively.
Weed (2-1) earned the win for the Eagles, allowing four runs on seven hits in two innings. D'Argento pitched five shutout innings for the Eagles, letting up just one hit.
In the second game, Arizona State scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Nikki Girard hit and RBI single up the middle and Cheyenne Coyle hit a sacrifice fly to center field to give the Sun Devils a 2-0 lead.
Boston College had its best chance of the game in the fifth inning. Taylor Coroneos led off the inning with a single to left field. Megan Cooley followed that up with a single of her own. Jessie Daulton then hit a hard shot up the middle, but ASU's shortstop made a great play to snag the ball and flipped it to second for a force out. The second baseman then threw the ball to third, catching Coroneos off the bag where she was tagged out for the second out. D'Argento then struck out to end the threat for BC.
ASU starting pitcher Dallas Escobedo had only allowed eight hits in 38 innings leading up to the game, boasting a 6-0 record with an ERA of 0.55. The Eagles managed six hits off her in the game, but were unable to push across a run.
D'Argento pitched seven innings allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits.
Boston College (5-4) will return to action Sunday against Seton Hall at 1:00 p.m. in the final game of the Diamond Devil Invitational.