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Rubber Match Set After Softball Splits Doubleheader with Hokies

April 14, 2012

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Chestnut Hill, Mass. – The Boston College softball team staged a 5-4 comeback win over Virginia Tech, before falling 12-8 in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Shea Field. The series opening win marked the first time the Eagles (20-17, 2-7 ACC) defeated the Hokies (31-15, 8-5 ACC) at home since 2004.

Freshman Andrea Filler led the Eagles with four runs batted in and a slugging percentage of 1.333. The native of Fort Wayne, Ind. went 3-for-6, with a home run, double and two runs scored on the day. Senior Ali Lynette-Krech drove in three runs and Rene Delagrammaticas batted .419 (3-for-7), drove in one run and scored three times.

Junior Nicole D’Argento handled the majority of the pitching duties, but paced the squad with four hits. The pitcher/first baseman batted .666 (4-for-6), had three RBI, three runs scored and two extra base hits. On the mound, the junior (9-8) collected the win and shouldered the loss for the Maroon and Gold. D’Argento tossed seven innings in game one, with six strikeouts, four walks and one earned run on four hits. The righty could not duplicate the success in the second meeting, as she gave us two walks and six earned runs on nine hits in four total innings.

Freshman Chelsea Dimon tossed 1.2 innings of relief, walking one batter and giving up earned run on a hit. Sophomore Amanda Horowitz handled 1.1 innings, walking one batter and giving up one hit.

Jasmin Harrell (20-10) also split the decisions at Shea Field. The righty pitched six innings in both games, striking out eight batters, walking six and giving up seven earned runs on 14 hits throughout the day.

Virginia Tech scored the first of three runs off Lauren Gaskell’s leadoff home run in the first. The center fielder drove a 1-2 pitch over the left field to open the game, 1-0. Two walks and a pair of beam balls pushed in another run, 2-0. D’Argento retired the next two batters, before the Hokies drew another walk to force in a third run. The Ashland, Mass. product fanned Katey Smith to end the inning.

The Eagles evened the game at three in the bottom of the frame. Delagrammaticas was hit by a pitch and D’Argento drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Filler drove the first she faced down the left field line to plate BC’s first run, 1-0. After Tory Speer drew a walk to load the bases, Lynette-Krech knocked a single up the middle to tie the game, 3-3.

Gaskill’s double down the right field line put Tech back up in the fourth, 4-3. Smith reached when a pitch she connected on died in front of the foul line near home plate. The shortstop stole second to move into scoring position, before Gaskill knocked her in.

Back-to-back doubles in the sixth put Boston College up 5-4. CJ Chirichigno led off with a single through the left side, but was forced out at second on Chelsea Dimon’s fielder’s choice. After a fly out to right, Delagrammaticas found the gap in left center and Dimon hustled around the bases to tie the game, 4-4. D’Argento gave BC the lead, 5-4, when she drove a double off the wall in left center, plating Delagrammaticas.

Mericka led off with a bloop single to left field and was pinch run by Laura Wolff. Chirichigno got the first out when Dani Anderson popped up a bunt and Delagrammaticas’ throw to second beat Wolff on a fielder’s choice to put two down. D’Argento blew a 2-2 pitch past Marra Hvozdovic to end the game.

The Eagles opened the second game with three runs in the first. Alanna DiMaso drew a leadoff walk and took second when Delagrammaticas slapped a single through the left side. D’Argento followed with a double off the wall in right field to plate DiMaso for the 1-0 lead. Filler laid down a sac bunt that scored Delagrammaticas, 2-0, despite the Hokies trying to make the play at home. D’Argento crossed when Lynette-Krech grounded out to second, 3-0.

Tech got a run back in the second. Mericka doubled down the left field line to lead off and advanced on a ground out to first. Marra Hvozdovic singled to left to plate the Hokies first run of the game, 3-1.

The Eagles extended their lead with five runs in the second, 8-1. Chirichigno and Speer walked to open the bottom half. A wild pitch moved the runners up, but DiMaso drew a walk to load the bases. D’Argento lined a single to center, clearing the bases as it skipped past the centerfielder, 6-1. Filler jacked a long ball to left field to plate two more runs for BC, 8-1.

The Hokies added a run in the third. An error with two outs enabled McGoldrick to reach safely. Tech advanced the lead runner with a walk, hit by pitch and single to left, 8-2.

Virginia Tech narrowed the deficit with five runs in the fourth, 8-7. Hvozdovic homered to right center to lead off the inning, 8-3. Gaskill then singled through the right side and stole second, advancing to third on a poor throw. A single by McGoldrick and double down the left field line from Liddle plated runs for Tech, 8-5, before Mericka homered to right center to close the gap to one, 8-7.

The Hokies claimed the lead with three runs in the sixth, 10-8. Liddle led off with a walk and was safe at second on an Eagles error during a fielder’s choice. A sac fly moved the runners up, before Liddle tied the game at eight on Spaw’s single through the right side. Compton beat the tag at home on a sac but to give Tech the lead, 9-8. A hard grounder to third was mishandled by BC, enabling the third run to score for Tech.

Tech completed the scoring with two runs in the top of the seventh. Liddle drew a leadoff walk and took second on a wild pitch. Mericka moved her teammate with a ground out to third, before Rose hit a home run to center for the four run advantage, 12-8.

The rubber match between the Eagles and the Hokies will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.

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