March 10, 2012
Boca Raton, Fla. - Sophomore Chelsea LoBue went 3-for-3 at the plate, scored three runs and drove in four to lead the Boston College softball past Providence, 13-1, in five innings on Saturday night at the FAU Embassy Suites Classic. Junior Maria Pandolfo (4-for-4) and freshman Chelsea Dimon (2-for-2) both had two RBI and combined for three runs scored for the Eagles (15-6).
Sophomore Amanda Horowitz (6-3) earned the win with four strikeouts, four walks and one earned run off five hits.
Grosso gave up 10 hits, eight earned runs, four walks and struck out one batter in the loss for the Friars. O'Keefe tossed 1.1 innings of relief, walking three and giving up five earned runs on seven hits.
The Eagles opened the scoring in the top of the second, 2-0. Dimon drew a one-out walk, but was forced out at second on fielder's choice from sophomore Tory Speer. After LoBue drew a walk, Pandolfo singled to short, but an error at first enabled Speer to score, 1-0. LoBue was successful on the suicide squeeze to put BC up two, 2-0.
Boston College broke the game open with an eight run fourth inning, 10-0. LoBue tripled down the left field line to open the stanza and came in on Pandolfo's single to second, 3-0. BC juiced the bases off of singles by D'Argento and Rene Delagrammaticas, for freshman CJ Chirichigno to bunt in a run, 4-0. Senior Brittany Wilkins kept things going with a single through the right side, 5-0, and everyone moved up on a wild pitch that followed. When Dimon doubled to left center for two RBI, 7-0, it signaled the end of Grosso's night.
Speer was the first batter O'Keefe faced, but drew walked to load the bases for LoBue. A double down the left field line produce two runs, 9-0, before Pandolfo knocked a double to left center for the final run of the inning.
The Maroon and Gold added three run in the fifth, 13-0. Sophomore Ronnie Mae Ayers singled through the left side to lead off, but was subbed out for Chirichigno. Second-year Meg Scanlon drew a walk, before Bree Tanke grounded out to first and plated Chirichigno. Dimon drew a walk and senior Lizzy Ploen advanced the runners to scoring position with a ground out to first. LoBue tagged O'Keefe with a double to left center to complete BC's night.
In the bottom half, Thibodeau scored Providence's only run by drawing a walk and getting moved around the bases on a single, wild pitch and a hit through the right side.
The Eagles close out the tournament on Sunday, March 11 at 11 a.m. against Minnesota.