Softball Drops a Pair to Virginia Tech
April 13, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College softball team battled hard on Saturday but came up short in both ends of a doubleheader to conference foe Virginia Tech.
In game one, a four run Hokies first inning was all the scoring they would need in a 4-1 win over the Eagles. Chelsea Dimon (8-10) yielded four earned runs in the first but put up zeroes the rest of the way in a complete game effort. Kelly Heinz (13-3) went the distance for the Hokies – allowing an earned run on three hits, striking out 10 over seven innings.
Virginia Tech’s Courtney Liddle had the big knock in the first inning as her shot down the left field line wrapped around the pole to give the Hokies a quick 3-0 lead. Dani Anderson followed with a solo shot of her own just three batters later to stake Tech to a 4-0 lead.
The Eagles tried to inch closer in the third as Tory Speer singled home Megan Cooley to cut the deficit to 4-1. That’s as close as BC would get as Heinz shut the door – not allowing a hit over the final four innings.
The Eagles continually responded to each Hokies score but fell short in a 5-4 defeat in game two of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Stephanie Lord dropped to 0-7 on the season for the Eagles as she allowed three earned runs on seven hits over seven innings in game two. Jasmin Harrell (11-6) allowed three earned runs on seven hits in the complete game victory for the Hokies.
After two scoreless innings, Virginia Tech took a 2-0 lead in the third on the strength of a Kylie McGoldrick RBI double and Courtney Liddle RBI sac fly. The Eagles knotted the game in the bottom of the inning with a sac fly from Alana Dimaso and CJ Chirichigno scoring on an error on a double steal attempt.
Amanda Ake’s two-run shot in the fourth gave the Hokies a two-run cushion but Dimon answered with her fourth round-tripper of the season to cut the deficit to 4-3. McGoldrick homered to lead off the fifth to extend the lead once again before Pandolfo brought the Eagles within one after her solo shot in the sixth.
Harrell sent the Eagles down in order in the seventh to secure her 11th victory of the season.
The Eagles will host the Hokies in the series finale on Sunday at noon.
Team Records: Boston College (10-25, 1-10 ACC); Virginia Tech (26-10, 5-5 ACC).