SB Upsets No. 20 UNC in Second Game of Doubleheader
May 5, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. –A three-run double from Ali Lynette-Krech and home run by CJ Chirichigno backed by timely defense enabled the Boston College softball team to defeat No. 20 North Carolina for the first time in 17 games, as the Eagles topped the Tar Heels, 4-3, after falling in the first game of a doubleheader, 12-2, on Saturday at Shea Field.
Morgan Kidd (4-5) picked up the win in game two. The senior from Peachtree City, Ga. struck out three batters, walked seven and gave up five hits that yielded three runs. Junior Nicole D’Argento picked up her fifth save of the year. The righty (10-13) shouldered the loss in game one, handling a combined 2.1 innings on the day with three Ks and five runs allowed off seven hits.
Amanda Horowitz tossed the final four frames of the first contest, allowing two walks and two earned runs on seven hits.
Lori Spingola (29-9) earned the win for UNC (39-12, 12-4 ACC). Including a game two relief appearance, the righty threw seven innings, struck out 11 batters, walked four and gave up one run. Ashley Bone (6-2) took the loss in game two, striking out five, walking one and giving up three runs off five hits in three frames.
North Carolina jumped out to a five run lead in the top of the first. Three straight singles loaded the bases, before D’Argento fanned Dickey and got Foulks to pop up to second. Back-to-back hits brought in three runs, with a hit-by-pitch keeping the bases full for Green. The Heel landed a single on the line in shallow right field to bring two more runs across, 5-0.
The Eagles left two on in the bottom of the first. D’Argento (2-for-4) was awarded first on a ball four illegal pitch and Delagrammaticas singled up the middle.
Horowitz retired the Tar Heel side and the Eagles loaded the bases in the third, but the score remained 5-0 until UNC posted five more runs in the fourth.
Lauren Walker led off with a single to right and was subbed out for Tisha Mahon, who stole second and advanced to third on a foul out to left. Kelli Wheeler drew a walk and moved to second, as Mahon broke for home. The Eagles pinned the Tar Heel in a run down, but a dropped tag enabled UNC to score, 6-0, and keep a runner on third. North Carolina noted two singles followed by a pair of doubles to bring four more runs across, before Wilkins, Andrea Filler and Chirichigno caught Constance Orr stealing third to end the top of the inning.
Home runs by Jordan Scarboro and Stephanie Krider in the fifth completed the Tar Heel total at 12.
BC posted two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but the game ended early, 12-2. D’Argento and Delagrammaticas drew walks to open the inning. Wilkins knocked a double up the middle to score D’Argento. A throwing error by the UNC catcher enabled Delagrammaticas to come in, before a ground out sealed the loss.
In the second game, a leadoff walk for the Tar Heels put the Eagles in position to double up at first when Nece lined out to CJ Chirichigno at third. A double, walk and single loaded the bases, but Kidd fanned Orr to get out of the jam.
Lynette-Krech’s only hit on the day was a bases clearing double towards right center that gave Boston College a 3-0 lead in the first. Delagrammaticas singled up the middle and after two outs, Wilkins drew a walk and LoBue singled to right to load the bases. The captain scorched a hard grounder past the second baseman and to the wall in right center.
Chirichigno’s second career home run put BC up by four, 4-0, in the fourth inning.
In the fifth, the Tar Heels drew a leadoff walk and laid down a sac bun to move the runner up. Chirichigno initiated her second double play of the game, snagging a line drive and making the throw to second to end the inning. The Eagles had not posted multiple double plays since falling to NC State on April 6.
North Carolina posted three runs in the sixth. The Eagles retired two batters inside a pair of walks, but Stephanie Krider delivered a three-run shot to straightaway center to close the Tar Heel deficit to one, 4-3.
Facing the top of the order against the ACC’s best hitting team in the seventh, D’Argento got Wheeler to go down swinging and Nece to ground out to short. Blake singled to right center to get a runner on for the Tar Heels, but Dickey hit a slow roller back to D’Argento to end the game.