UMass Outlasts Softball 8-7
March 27, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. – Trailing by five runs entering the sixth inning, a late Eagles rally fell short in an 8-7 loss to UMass at Sortino Field on Wednesday.
BC falls to 8-15 this season while the Minutemen improve to 4-16 as they tallied the win in their home opener. Chelsea Dimon got the start for the Eagles as she allowed five earned runs over 4.2 innings to drop to 6-6 on the year. Stephanie Lord pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief for Eagles and has allowed just three earned runs over her last 8.1 innings pitched. Emma Mendoker tallied her first victory of the season for UMass – allowing three earned runs over seven innings to improve to 1-8.
BC grabbed an early 3-0 lead in the first on the strength of Alana DiMaso’s two-run homer and a UMass throwing error that scored Tory Speer. Two errors in the bottom of the second cost the Eagles as the Minuteman plated three runs to knot the score into the fifth inning.
Both teams exploded for a combined nine runs in the fifth and sixth as UMass plated five on the strength of seven hits in the bottom of the fifth while BC answered with four of their own in the top of the sixth. A leadoff homer by Maria Pandolfo cut the deficit to 8-4 followed by a run scoring single by DiMaso and a two-run base hit by CJ Chirichigno to trim the UMass lead to 8-7. Mendoker escaped the jam as she struck out Pandolfo looking to end the inning.
A one out single by Dimon in the seventh gave the Eagles some life but Mendoker retired the next two batters to extinguish the BC rally.
Boston College will travel down to Charlottesville for a three-game series with Virginia starting on Friday.