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Softball Downed By UMass, 5-1

April 18, 2012

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Chestnut Hill, Mass. - The Boston College softball team fell to UMass, 5-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Shea Field.

Nicole D'Argento (9-10) tossed six innings in the loss. The junior struck out five, walked two and allowed four runs off nine hits. Sophomore Amanda Horowitz threw one inning of relief, giving up one run on two hits.

Sara Plourde (21-9) earned the win in a complete game, 16-K effort. The righty gave up one hit, one earned run and seven walks.

Four walks pushed the Eagles (20-19) first run across in the initial frame. D'Argento, Andrea Filler, Brittany Wilkins and Ali Lynette-Krech all worked Plourde for the free base to get the early lead, 1-0.

After a scoreless second, the Minutewomen tied the game in the top of the third, 1-1. Matthew hit a blooper to left field and stole second, before coming around on Diaz-Paterson's single up the middle.

Filler extended her hit-streak to eight games, knocking a single to left as the leadoff in the third. Wilkins was hit by a pitch and subbed out for Nicole Koszowski. The Eagles executed a double steal to put both runners in scoring position, but failed to bring in a run to reclaim the lead.

Two more scoreless innings followed, before UMass broke the game open with three runs in the sixth, 4-1. Plourde singled with one out and was relieved at first by Panko. D'Argento fanned Bettancourt, before back-to-back doubles broke the tie game, 3-1. Mayne then singled down the left field line to extend the UMass lead to three, 4-1.

Plourde homered to straightaway center to complete the scoring at 5-1.

The Eagles resume play on Saturday, April 21 at Florida State. BC opens the series with the Seminoles at 1 p.m.

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