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SB Falls in Doubleheader Against Maryland

April 28, 2012

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Chestnut Hill, Mass. – The Boston College softball team fell in both games of its doubleheader against Maryland, 4-3, 4-1, on Saturday afternoon at Shea Field.

Junior Nicole D’Argento went 4-for-6 six at the plate, drove in a pair of runs and scored one of her own. The Ashland, Mass. native lead game one off with her team-leading ninth home run of the year and handling 7.0 innings on the mound throughout the day. D’Argento struck out four, did not give up a walk and allowed two earned runs off six hits without a decision.

Morgan Kidd (3-3) an Amanda Horowitz (8-9) shouldered the losses for Boston College. Kidd combined for 3.2 innings in two games, posted four Ks, seven walks and one earned run. Horowitz threw 3.1 frames, walked two, struck out one and gave up one earned run.

Kendra Knight (24-10) earned both wins for Maryland. In two complete games, Knight struck out 15 batters, walked 10 and allowed four earned runs on eight hits.

D’Argento’s long ball put the Eagles (22-25, 2-15 ACC) on top, 1-0, after one stanza.

Maryland answered with two runs in the top of the second, 2-1. Two walks and a fielder’s choice would have loaded the bases, if not for an error at third that enabled the Terps to tie the game, 1-1. Maier stole second to put runners on the corners an McCann delivered a sac fly to center to plate the go ahead run.

After a scoreless third, the Terrapins extended its lead to 3-1. McCann was hit by a pitch to open the stanza and moved up to second on a fielder’s choice. A sac bunt and single to short brought in the run.

Two errors in the fifth enabled another Maryland run to cross. Beards opened the inning with a walk, took second on Maier’s single and tagged up on a pop fly to right field. BC tried to get the runner taking the final bag, but the ball sailed out of play and the Terps picked up their final run of the game, 4-1.

Facing defeat, senior Ali Lynette-Krech kicked off the seventh inning with a walk and moved up on freshman CJ Chirichigno’s single to center. A force out a second got the rookie, but the contact made by Tory Speer put runners on first and third. When Knight released a wild pitch, Lynette-Krech capitalized to shorten the gap by one, 4-2. D’Argento then knocked a single to center, plating Speer from second to bring the scoring to 4-3, but a 5-3 ground out ended the comeback in game one.

McLaughlin led off the second game with a single up the middle and took second on an errant pickoff attempt. The runner advanced on a groundout to first, but was held at third on a deep infield single by Bustillos. When Bustillos moved towards second, McLaughlin broke for home and beat the throw for the first run of the doubleheader, 1-0. A walk and hit batter loaded the bases, before a hard hit single to the left side to plate another run, 2-0.

Back-to-back doubles in the fourth added the Eagles deficit, 3-0.

Maryland added another run in the sixth, 4-0. Trimble was hit by a pitch and subbed out for Taylor, who moved to third on a sac bunt and tag up. The Eagle tried to pick off the runner at third, but an error on the throw enabled Taylor to come in.

Brittany Wilkins’ sixth home run of the year put Boston College on the board, 4-1, in the sixth, but the Eagles did not complete the comeback.

BC will conclude its series with UMD on Sunday, April 29 at 1 p.m. on Shea Field. The Eagles are hosting their annual StrikeOut Cancer event in an effort to raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer.

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