Softball Sweeps Doubleheader in Tampa
March 8, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - The Boston College softball team won both games of Saturday's doubleheader in the second day of the USF Series Tournament. The Eagles rallied to beat Villanova 3-2 in eight innings in the early game, and then exploded offensively with a 13-0 win in five innings over Cleveland State.
Nicole D'Argento pitched a complete game against Villanova, going eight innings and allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits. She struck out seven batters in the game and improved to 7-5 on the season with the victory.
The Eagles were kept in check for most of the game by Villanova starting pitcher Kate Poppe. She only let up one hit to BC, and just one of the three runs she allowed was earned. She struck out ten batters in 7.1 innings, and issued nine walks in that span.
Neither team was able to score through the first seven innings, but the Vikings struck first in the top of the eighth inning. A fly out to right field by Ali Lowe pushed the runner, who was placed on second base to begin the inning, over to third base. Shea Palmer then singled up the middle to give Villanova a 1-0 lead. After a groundout, Sierra McConell hit an RBI single of her own, this one down the left field line, to put the Vikings up 2-0.
Boston College rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning and scored three runs to win the game. With one out and a runner on second base, Jessie Daulton walked, putting runners on first and second. After a passed ball that advanced the runners, D'Argento hit a 2-run double to left field that tied the game at 2-2. Tory Speer batted next and reached on an error by the right fielder, pushing D'Argento to third. Poppe then threw a wild pitch that allowed D'Argento to score the winning run from third, giving the Eagles a 3-2 victory.
Villanova held a 7-1 advantage in hits in the contest.
In the second game, Boston College came out of the gate swinging and took a 5-0 lead over Cleveland State in the first inning. Cooley and Daulton each singled and then converted a double steal to put runners on second and third with no outs. D’Argento singled to score Cooley, and then Tory Speer hit a three-run homer to give BC a 4-0 lead. Annie Sommers capped off the five-run inning with an RBI groundout to score Alana DiMaso.
Boston College then scored seven runs in the third inning to take a 12-0 lead. Cooley, Dalton and Speer each recorded RBI singles, D’Argento drove in two runs with a single of her own, and Taylor Coroneos hit a 2-run double to do the damage for the Eagles.
BC finished off the scoring with a one-run fourth, as freshman pitcher Jordan Weed walked with the bases loaded to force in Speer, settling the score at 13-0.
Weed pitched all five innings in the game and allowed just one hit while striking out eight batters. She improved to 4-3 on the season.
Boston College (13-7) will take on Northwestern at 8:30 p.m. in the fifth and final game of the tournament for the Eagles.
Notes: Boston College is currently on a five-game winning streak.