Walk-off Hit Downs Softball at Providence, 7-6
May 2, 2012
Providence, R.I. - Sophomore Bree Tanke batted .750, drove in two runs and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, but the Boston College softball team was defeated by Providence, 7-6, with a walk-off single on Wednesday afternoon on Raymound Field. Brittany Wilkins joined her teammate with a multiple RBI performance, going 2-for-4 at the plate, and Ali Lynette-Krech and Chelsea LoBueeach touched home twice for the Eagles (23-27).
Sophomore Amanda Horowitz tossed five innings, walked two and gave up four runs without a decision. Senior Morgan Kidd(3-5) shouldered the loss, giving up three runs off four hits in the final two innings.
Corinne Clauss (8-13) garnered the win in a complete game effort. Clauss walked five and gave up six earned runs, with one K and 10 hits allowed for the Friars (16-34).
BC opened the game with a run in the first, 1-0. Lynette-Krech drew a leadoff walk, moved up on a Delagrammaticas' team-leading 12th sac hit of the year. Filler's connected on for a single up the middle and took second on the throw, leaving two Eagles in scoring position. Wilkins laid down a bunt single to bring in the runner from third, 1-0.
Providence tied the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the frame. Back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out. Lynette-Krech snagged a fly ball to right, before a single was her direction, tying the game at one. Horowitz jammed Marie Flego and threw her out at first to get out of the inning.
The Eagles reclaimed the lead in the third, 2-1. Lynette-Krech drew a leadoff walk and took second on a wild pitch. Delagrammaticas grounded into a 6-3 to advance her teammate, before Filler landed a single in left center for her first RBI of the day.
The Friars threatened to answer again in the third. With two down, a deep single to the six spot and a double off the fence in right put runners in scoring position for PC. Howoritz got Flego to ground out and end the inning for a second time.
BC added to its lead in the fourth and fifth innings. LoBue worked Clauss for a leadoff walk and Dimon executed the sacrifice bunt to get her teammate to second. Tanke knocked a single to center to plate LoBue from second, marking the first multi-hit game of her career.
Delagrammaticas beat out an infield single and stole second to open the fifth. Stolen base No. 12 on the year, seventh most in school history, put the captain in position to hustle around to home on a bloop single down the right field line by Wilkins, 4-1.
Providence closed the deficit with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth, 4-4. A one-out single to left was followed by a hit-by-pitch, which made way for Stephanie Kiesel to tie the game with a long ball to center.
Boston College posted a run for the 5-4 advantage in the sixth. Ronnie Mae Ayers drew a leadoff walk, which enable Tanke to reach on a fielder's choice. Lizzy Ploensingled past the shortstop, before the runners advanced on a 4-3 groundout by Lynette-Krech. A wild pitch enabled Tanke to take home plate standing up.
With a runner on first and two outs, Providence waved the runner around on a double to left center. Tory Speerhit Delagrammaticas on the cut off and Wilkins made the tag at home, completing the 8-6-2 chain to end the sixth inning.
The Eagles added a security run in the final stanza. Wilkins started the seventh with a single to right, posting her first three-hit game of the season. LoBue squeezed the ball past the first baseman to put runners in scoring position with a double down the right field line. Chelsea Dimonlaid down a bunt to try to bring in Wilkins from third, but the Friars applied the tag at home to prevent the run. A walk from Speer loaded the bases for Tanke to knock in a run for the Eagles, 6-4.
Dederick smacked a double to right and Kiesel was hit by a pitch to open the Friars final at-bat. Jessie Bryant doubled to right center to close the deficit by one, 6-5, and get runners in scoring position with no outs. Flego sent a pitch back up the middle for a two-run walk-off single, 7-6.
Boston College closes out the regular-season at home against North Carolina. The Eagles meet the Tar Heels in a doubleheader on Saturday, May 5 at 1 p.m., before the final showdown on Sunday at noon. BC's five seniors - Rene Delagrammaticas, Morgan Kidd, Ali Lynette-Krech, Lizzy Ploen and Brittany Wilkins - will be recognized prior to Sunday's game.