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Cortez Leads Softball Past Bryant, 6-3

Freshman Tatiana Cortez had two homeruns and six RBIs in today's win over Bryant.

Freshman Tatiana Cortez had two homeruns and six RBIs in today's win over Bryant.

March 27, 2014

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Smithfield, RI - Freshman Tatiana Cortez hit two three-run home runs to lead Boston College past Bryant University, 6-3, in a non-conference game at Conaty Park in Smithfield on Thursday afternoon. Boston College improved to 15-10, while Bryant is now 10-12.

Cortez, a native of Houston, Texas, went 2-for-3 with two homeruns and six RBIs on the day. Senior Tori Speer went 2-for-2 with two singles, two runs and a walk. Senior pitcher Nicole D'Argento pitched six innings and struck out eight on her way to her ninth victory of the season.

In the second inning, BC jumped out to a, 3-0, lead behind a three-run blast from Cortez. It was her seventh homerun of the season. The inning opened up when Speer walked and advanced to second on a single up the middle by freshman Taylor Coroneos. Bryant closed the gap with two runs on a two-out single by Liana Orgata in the fourth inning.

D'Argento helped her own cause when she opened the fifth inning with a walk. Pinch runner Nicole Koszowski advanced to second on a single up the middle by Speer. After a fielder's choice by Coroneos got the lead runner and with one out, Cortez stepped to the plate. This time Cortez hit the three-run homerun over the left-center field fence and the Eagles held a, 6-2, lead.

It was her eighth home run and Cortez now has a team-high 29 RBIs.

A homerun closed the gap to, 6-3, on a homerun by Elle Madsen. D'Argento struck out the next batter. She yielded a single but ended the inning with two strikeouts.

The Eagles will head out to Blacksburg, Virginia to play Virginia Tech in a three-game series this weekend. The two teams will play a double-header on Saturday, March 29 at 1 and 3 p.m. with the final game on Sunday, March 30 at noon.

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