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Softball Falls to Top-Ranked Florida, 7-3

March 4, 2014

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.  - Boston College jumped out to a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning but was unable to hold off the Gators as BC fell to No. 1 Florida 7-3 Tuesday night. The Eagles combined for seven hits on the night, while freshman Jordan Weed recorded her first complete game of her collegiate career.

BC took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Alana Dimaso started a two-out rally with a double to right field. Tory Speer followed that with an intentional walk before Weed hit an RBI single to center field that scored DiMaso.

The Eagles doubled their lead in the top of the fourth inning. After Tatiana Cortez flied out and Madison Paulson struck out for the first two outs of the inning, Annie Sommers and Taylor Coroneos hit back-to-back singles. With runners on first and second and two outs, Megan Cooley hit an RBI single to left field to drive in Sommers, giving Boston College a 2-0 lead.

Florida responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the score at 2-2. The Gators pushed the runs across with a two-out RBI double by Stephanie Tofft and an RBI single to center field by Taylor Schwarz. Weed got Kathlyn Medina to strike out swinging for the final out, preventing any further damage.

The Gators then took a 7-2 lead after scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth, and three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Bailey Castro and Kristi Merritt each hit two-run singles to center to give Florida a 6-2 lead, and Tofft concluded the scoring for the Gators with an RBI single in the sixth inning.

Boston College was able to get one run back in the top of the seventh on a fielder's choice by Tatiana Cortez that scored Speer, but could not complete the comeback as the Eagles fell 7-3.

Weed (3-2) allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in six innings. She struck out one batter and walked six.

Hannah Rogers pitched five innings for Florida, allowing two runs on seven hits. She improves to 9-0. Lauren Haeger pitched two shutout innings of relief

Florida held an 8-7 advantage in hits in the game.

Boston College (8-6) will be back in action tomorrow, March 5 for a doubleheader against UCF and Jacksonville. 

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