Softball Splits Doubleheader at USF Spring Invitational
March 15, 2013
TAMPA, FLA. - The Boston College softball team was able to salvage a split and snap their 10-game losing streak in the process after rallying to top Colgate, 7-5 in game two of their doubleheader at the USF Clearwater Spring Invitational.
In game one, the Eagles' seventh inning rally fell short in a 6-4 loss to Temple at the USF Softball Complex. Freshman Stephanie Lord started the first game of her career - allowing five hits and one earned run over 2.2 innings while Kelsey Dominik went the distance for the Owls - allowing eight hits and two earned runs over seven innings for her third victory of the season.
Scoreless through two innings, the Owls got on the board first in the third inning with a two-run homer by Ali Robinson off of Lord. The Eagles got one back in the fourth as Annie Sommers was plated after a double play but Temple extended their lead with a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth.
Two-run homers by Stephanie Pasquale and Sarah Prezioso off of reliever Chelsea Dimon staked the Owls to a 6-1 lead through six innings. The Eagles staged a rally in the top of the seventh as Meg Scanlon's RBI single and Maria Pandolfo's RBI double cut the Temple lead to 6-4 but that's a close as BC would get as they dropped their 10th consecutive contest.
In game two, the Eagles found themselves trailing 5-4 in the seventh but rallied for three runs to defeat Colgate 7-5.
Chelsea Dimon (3-3) improved to .500 this season in the win - allowing three hits and two earned runs over 3.1 innings. Courtney O'Connell (0-5) took the loss for the Raiders - allowing nine hits and six earned runs in a complete game effort.
Trailing 5-4 entering the top of the seventh, BC rallied with three runs off of O'Connell to take a 7-5 lead. CJ Chirichigno's RBI double knotted the game at five setting the stage for Annie Sommers' successful suicide squeeze to give the Eagles the lead. Dimon added an RBI single to give BC some insurance heading to the bottom of the seventh.
Stephanie Lord extinguished the Colgate rally in the bottom of the inning to give the Eagles (5-12) the win.