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Rubber Match Eludes Softball, 8-5




April 15, 2012

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Chestnut Hill, Mass. -Freshman Andrea Filler went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, launching two home runs for three runs batted in, and sophomore Chelsea LoBue provided the additional offense with a two-run homer as the Boston College softball team fell to Virginia Tech, 8-5, on Sunday afternoon at Shea Field.

Junior Nicole D'Agento (9-9) handled all seven inning for the Eagles (20-18, 2-10 ACC). The Ashland, Mass. resident walked five batters and gave up five earned runs off 10 hits.

Jasmin Harrell (21-10) picked up the win for the Hokies (32-15, 9-5 ACC), who capitalized on two mishaps by Boston College to take an early lead. Harrell struck out six, walked two and allowed four earned runs off seven hits.

Virginia Tech took a one run lead after its first turn at the plate. K. McGoldrick drew a walk and tagged up on C. Liddle's foul out to left field. Mericka connected on a bloop single to left to plate the first run of the day.

Filler needed just one at bat to extend her hitting streak to seven games, scorching a 1-0 pitch to center in the bottom half of the first. The stretch is the second longest of the season for the Eagles. Each of the Fort Wayne, Ind. native's four hits came with two outs and marked the second four-hit performance of the season for Boston College.

A dropped fly added to the Hokies lead in the second. Tech put runners on with a walk and bunt single. When VT tried to use small ball to bring in a run, Chelsea Dimon made the throw to home and Brittany Wilkins made the tag to keep the deficit at one. After reaching on the fielder's choice, Gaskill stole second to put both runners in scoring position. McGoldrick's fly to left field plated both Hokies, 3-0.

Tech added a runs in the third and fourth. An error enabled Mericka to reach base, before coming around when Anderson found the gap in right center, 4-0. In the fourth, B. Smith bunted and was pushed around on a single, walk and hit batter, 5-0.

LoBue's homer in the fourth put Boston College on the scoreboard, 5-2. Ali Lynette-Krech reached on an error at third, before LoBue began a battle at the plate. After several fouls down the left field wall, the sophomore sent her third long ball of the year over the fence in left field.

Filler closed the gap by one with her fifth home run of the season in the fifth, 5-3.

The Hokies got three insurance runs in the seventh. Anderson homered to left center with one out, 6-3. After a foul out, Banks drew a walk and K. Smith singled to center. Gaskill doubled to the gap in right to plate her teammates for the five run lead, 8-3.

Filler's second long ball of the day - her first career multi-home run game - came with two outs and scored D'Argento from second. The pitcher had singled to right and moved up on a groundout, before being driven in by her rookie teammate. Filler finished the weekend slugging an astonishing 1.900.

The Eagles meet UMass and Harvard in midweek action, before resuming conference play at Florida State on Saturday, April 21.

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