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Softball Win Streak Snapped by Charlotte in 49ers Invitational Championship

Feb. 26, 2012

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Charlotte, N.C. – The Boston College softball team had its seven game winning streak snapped by Charlotte, 12-2, in the championship game of the 49ers Invitational on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Ronnie Mae Ayers went 2-for-2 and drove in one run for the Eagles (8-2). Classmate Chelsea LoBue drove in the other run for BC in the loss to the 49ers (8-5).

L. Betancourt earned the win for UNC-Charlotte. The pitcher threw all five innings, struck out one, walked another and gave up two earned runs on four hits.

Junior Nicole D’Argento shouldered the loss for BC. The Ashland, Mass. native allowed two earned runs, one walk and struck out two in three innings. Sophomore Amanda Horowitz gave up five runs in one-third inning and senior Morgan Kidd allowed two walks, and an earned run in 1.2 innings of relief.

Boston College took a two run lead in the second, 2-0. Freshman Andrea Filler drew a leadoff walk and was moved to second on a bunt single from senior captain Ali Lynette-Krech, before both advanced on a wild pitch. LoBue reached when the 49ers tried to get a runner out, plating Filler and bumping Lynette-Krech up to third. Ayers stepped in and singled to bring in another run.

Charlotte took the lead with four runs in the top of the third, 4-2. N. Capone reached on a throwing error to at first and hustled around to third on a bunt single from A. Rogers. The Eagles got Capone out at home on the following play, but left runners on first and second for B. Gwaltney to move up with a single to left. Two 49ers crossed home when J. Kleinsmit was beamed and a wild pitch provided the chance for the runners to advance. S. Slade then singled through the right side to clear the bases with two more RBI.

Three home runs helped the 49ers distance themselves with eight runs in the fourth, 12-2. Lang followed a leadoff walk with a homer to extend Charlotte’s lead, 6-2, and cue D’Argento’s exit from the mound.

Capone singled to first, advancing to the opposite corner on a single from Rogers and a double steal. Vela plated two runs, 9-2, with a triple to left and scored when B. Gwaltney homered to left. Kleinsmit hit another long ball, 10-2, to prompt another pitching change for the Eagles. Two walks put runners on first and second for Lang to bring in on a double to left, completing the scoring.

The Eagles put two runners on in the bottom of the fifth, but could not generate the runs necessary to extend the game.

Boston College resumes its schedule with the USF Under Armour Invitational. The Eagles open the tournament against Miami (Ohio) on March 2 at 1:30 p.m.

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