SB Strong in DH Sweep of Dartmouth
April 25, 2012
Hanover, N.H. - Pitchers Morgan Kidd and Nicole D'Argento combined for 18 strikeouts in two complete game efforts and Chelsea LoBue led the charge from the plate, going 3-for-7 with a home run and three RBI as the Boston College softball team claimed both games of a doubleheader, 3-2, 7-0, at Dartmouth on Thursday.
D'Argento (10-11) earned a win with a complete game effort in the first matchup. The Ashland, Mass. native struck out eight, did not give up a walk and allowed two runs on seven hits.
Kidd (3-2) fanned a career-high 10 batters to get the shutout in game two. The Peachtree City, Ga. product delivered seven scoreless innings, walked three batters and gave up four hits.
Kristen Rumley (5-10) shouldered the loss in game one. The righty threw all seven innings, struck out 10, walked one and gave up three runs on seven hits.
The Eagles tagged Hillary Barker (4-9) for seven runs and nine hits in game one. Barker walked four and struck out two, before being relieved by Rachel Hein, who handled 2.2 innings, struck out two and walked one.
D'Argento put the Eagles (22-22) ahead on the second pitch of the game, scoring the first of two runs in the top of the first with her team-leading eighth long ball of the year. After two ground outs, Brittany Wilkins drew her 15th hit-by-pitch of the season and moved to second on Ali Lynette-Krech's bunt single. Chelsea LoBue drove in her captain from second with a single to the No. 4 position.
Andrea Filler led off the third with a single up the middle, stole second and took third on LoBue's two-out single to right center. With the double steal called, the rookie executed the suicide squeeze to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
The Big Green (12-23) got the run back in the bottom of the third, 3-1. Romain was hit by a pitch on a 1-1 count and pushed to third on Rumley's double to left. A single plated the lead runner, before D'Argento struck out the next two batters an got Saucedo to ground out to end the inning.
Dartmouth put up a run in the seventh, but Boston College held off the host to claim the win, 3-2. After D'Argento registered her eighth K, Rumley singled down the left field line. A ground out advanced the runner to second, before Curosh doubled to left for the RBI.
A scoreless tie in game two came to a close in the second with LoBue's two-run homer in the third. The Scarsdale, N.Y. native blasted an 0-1 shot to left for her fourth long ball of the year, plating Nicole Koszowski who had come in to run for Wilkins.
Wilkins drove in the first of two Boston College runs in the fourth, 4-0. Filler led off with a double to center and took third on a wild pitch. The captain singled to short to bring in Filler, but was forced out at second on LoBue's fielder choice. Lynette-Krech's single enabled LoBue to take third and the Eagles both swiped a base to push the BC lead to four.
BC stretched the advantage to seven with three runs in the fifth. Back-to-back singles from Lynette-Krech and Tory Speer put runners on for the Eagles. Both players stole a base to get into scoring position for CJ Chirichigno, who knocked a 1-0 pitch down the middle for two runs, 6-0. The freshman took second on a passed ball and tagged up on a line out to right, before coming across on a wild pitch, 7-0.
Kidd registered five strikeouts over the final three innings to pick up the win.
The Eagles host rival Boston University in a 4 p.m. meeting on Thursday, April 26. Boston College welcomes area little league teams for Saturday's doubleheader versus Maryland and will hold its annual StrikeOut Cancer event against the Terps on Sunday, April 29.