Four HR Lift Softball Over Dartmouth in First Home Stand
March 24, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Four home runs propelled the Boston College softball team past Dartmouth in both games of a doubleheader against Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon at Shea Field. The Eagles (18-10) squeaked out a 2-1 win over the Big Green (7-8) in game one, before returning with an 11-0 run rule performance in game two.
Junior Maria Pandolfo homered and freshman CJ Chirichigno bunted in the winning run in game one and sophomore Tory Speer (2-for-5, 1 HR) sparked the offense with in five runs batted in during the second meeting. Rookie Andrea Filler and junior Nicole D'Argento also cleared the fences in the wins.
Senior Morgan Kidd (3-0) dismantled the Big Green lineup with nine strikeouts in the initial meeting. The Peachtree City, Ga. product handled 5.1 innings, walked five batters and allowed one run on three hits before being relieved by D'Argento, who earned the save. Sophomore Amanda Horowitz allowed just one hit, struck out three batters in a five-inning shutout of Dart mouth in game two.
Dartmouth relied on Kristen Rumley (3-3) in game one. The righty tossed all six innings, struck out seven, walked one and allowed two earned runs off three hits. Evan Gray shouldered the second loss, giving up four earned runs on three hits in two innings.
Kidd fanned the first batter she faced, but Dartmouth proceeded to load the bases in the first with a a single, walk and hit by pitch. The righty fanned the next two Big Green batters to get out of the jam.
Meghan Everett hit a floating homer to center field to give the Big Green a 1-0 lead in the second. Kidd struck out Wharton, but walked Averitt, who then stole second and third. With Dartmouth threatening to extend its lead, Kidd fanned another batter and senior Lizzy Ploen snagged a liner to left to end the top of the frame.
BC went down in order in the second and third, but Kidd picked up two more Ks to keep Dartmouth off the scoreboard, 1-0.
Pandolfo tied the game with her first home run of the season in the fifth. The Reading, Mass. native sent a 0-2 pitch over the wall in center field to even the game at 1-1.
BC took the lead, 2-1, in the sixth. Sophomore Alana DiMaso drew a leadoff walk and took second when D'Argento's bunt popped up and fell between the Big Green pitcher and third baseman. Rene Delagrammaticas laid down a sac bunt to push the runners up and Chirichigno followed with another to plate DiMaso for the go ahead run.
In the second game, Boston College opened up a three run lead in the second. Wilkins was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the frame and Pandolfo laid down a sac bunt to move her teammate to second. Wilkins hesitated as freshman Chelsea Dimon sent a quick grounder up the middle, before rounding third to put BC on the board, 1-0. Filler scorched her second homer of the year over the left field wall to extend the lead to 3-0.
Two home runs helped the Maroon and Gold stretch the gap to 9-0 in the third. D'Argento sent a 1-0 pitch far beyond the left field wall to lead off the stanza, 4-0. Delagrammaticas scorched a liner down the left field line and stole second following a strike out by BC. Brittany Wilkins doubled to right center to plate her co-captain, 5-0, and moved to third when Pandolfo grounded out to third. Dimon hit a blooper over the second baseman's glove to plate Wilkins, 6-0. Filler then connected on a single to right center to leave two runners on for Speer, who sent her third homer of the year to left field, 9-0.
Boston College completed the scoring with two runs in the fourth, 11-0. Sophomore Nicole Koszowski pinch ran for Wilkins, who reached on a grounder placed in the gap between short and third. Dimon was hit by a pitch and Filler moved the runners with a 13 ground out, leaving runners on the corners. With two down, Speer slammed a singled through the right down to secure BC's final runs.
Horowitz put the finishing touches on Dartmouth with two strikeouts in the fifth.
Boston College will resume conference play against Virginia on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. The Eagles host the Cavaliers in a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available for the entire series via GameTracker.