Softball Sweeps Pittsburgh
April 5, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -
The Boston College softball team swept an ACC double-header against Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon at Shea Field on the campus of Boston College. The Eagles won the first game, 5-3, behind a strong performance from senior pitcher Nicole D'Argento, who struck out nine batters. In the second game, BC came back from two runs down to defeat Pittsburgh, 13-4.
Boston College is now 18-16 on the season and 4-7 in the ACC, while Pittsburgh is now 12-17 overall and 3-7 in the conference. The two teams will meet for the final game of the series on Sunday, April 6 at noon at Shea Field.
Senior Nicole D'Argento picked up her 11th win of the season as she struck out nine batters, scattered three hits and gave up one earned run as the Eagles defeated Pittsburgh, 5-3, in the first game of a double-header.
The Eagles managed only three hits but the nine walks yielded by the Panther pitchers.
BC's offense came alive in the fourth inning. With a 1-0 lead, Jessie Daulton singled to left to open the inning. Jordan Weed walked and runners then advanced on a fielder's choice. The Eagles struggled to get runs across the plate until Annie Sommers scored on a walk to D'Argento. Speer walked to score Madison Paulson and BC was up, 3-0. The next two BC runs were scored on a single from Tatiana Cortez.
Pittsburgh cut into the lead in the sixth when Tori Nirschi hit a two-run home run over the center field fence. It was BC, 5-2. The Panthers scored a run in the seventh but D'Argento ended the game striking out the final two batters.
While D'Argento picked up her 11th win and scattered three hits, Pittsburgh's Savannah King went four innings, gave up three runs and surrendered seven walks. Only Cortez, Daulton and Paulson managed a hit in the game, while Speer was walked three times and had two RBI. Cortez did have a two-run single.
The Eagles pounded out 15 hits and scored a season-high 11 runs in the sixth inning to earn the doubleheader sweep over Pittsburgh, 13-4.
The Eagles held a 1-0 lead but after three the game was tied at 2-2. Pittsburgh took a, 4-2, lead in the fifth inning on a two-run single by Taylor Henry.
In the sixth, Boston College exploded for 11 runs. The inning started when Nicole Koszowski earned a walk followed by a single by Megan Cooley. D'Argento loaded the bases with a single and Tory Speer knocked home the first run on a single.
With BC down, 4-3, a Tatiana Cortez singled to center scoring Cooley to tie the game. The go-ahead run was scored when Pittsburgh's new pitched Lauren Vinson walked Jessie Daulton and Alana Dimaso scored.
The inning continued when Taylor Coroneos singled to left and BC was up, 6-4. Pittsburgh went back to Alana Larkin at the mound and Annie Somers hit a single up the middle which scored Daulton and DiMaso. The Eagles finally made an out on a pop-up but the lead was, 8-4.
Cooley single gave BC a, 9-4; lead followed by the second single of the inning for D'Argento extended the lead, 10-4. After a walk to Speer pushed Paulson across plate, Cortez hit her second single of the inning which scored the final run scoring D'Argento and Cooley to end the game.
Cooley went 4-for-5 and scored three runs, while D'Argento was 3-for-4 with two runs. Tory Speer went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three walks. Tatiana Cortez went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and while Coroneos was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.