Softball Comeback Not Enough in Chapel Hill
May 10, 2012
Chapel Hill, Mass. - Late-game rallies were cut short for the Boston College softball team, who was defeated by top-seed, No. 21 North Carolina in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday night at Anderson Stadium. The Eagles (23-30) cut a six-run deficit in half and left the bases loaded twice, before the Tar Heels (41-12) recorded their third home run of the game to win 10-4.
Sophomore Chelsea LoBue went 1-for-4, with her lone hit driving in two runs at a pivotal moment in the game.
Senior Morgan Kidd (4-7) shouldered the loss for Boston College. The Peachtree City, Ga. product tossed the first two frames, struck out one batter, walked a pair and allowed four runs on three hits.
Junior Nicole D'Argento threw the final four innings, struck out one, walked another and gave up six runs - all on long balls - on eight hits. The pitcher also scored two runs and, going 1-for-2 at the plate.
BC needed three at-bats to break a three-year scoreless drought at the ACC Tournament, as D'Argento kicked off the ACC Quarterfinal with double to right. Rene Delagrammaticas (1-for-3) moved her teammate up with her league-leading 13 sacrifice bunt of the year, before a wild pitch enabled BC to score its first run at the conference tournament in three seasons.
Tory Speer and Delagrammaticas snagged a pair of fly balls and, after waking a batter, Kidd fanned Dickey to end the first.
CJ Chirichigno (2-for-2) smoked a single through the left side in the second, but the score remained through 1.5 innings.
North Carolina posted four runs in the bottom of the second. A leadoff walk by Logan Foulks and single by Constance Orr were followed by a double to left that tied the game, 1-1. After two pop ups, Kelli Wheeler homered to left to put UNC up, 4-1.
Two Tar Heel home runs added three runs to UNC total, 7-1, in the third. D'Argento started the third from the mound, but the Tar Heels tagged the righty for two singles and dropped a sac bunt to get runners in scoring position. A 4-3 ground out by Orr plated a run, 5-1, and left third base occupied. Jordan Scarboro pulled back a bunt and drove the ball down the left field line to increase the tally by two.
BC began chipping away at the lead in the fourth. Brittany Wilkins was hit on 2-1 pitch and hustled to third when Chirichigno doubled of the right field wall. Speer (1-for-4) knocked a bloop-single to left to plate a run and cut the deficit to five, 7-2.
The Eagles pulled closer with two runs in the fifth, 7-4. D'Argento was hit by a pitch and Andrea Filler (1-for-4) doubled down the left field line to put BC in scoring position with one down. A pop up and walk by Ali Lynette-Krech loaded the bases for the Maroon and Gold. LoBue smoked the second pitch she saw down the left field line, plating Filler and D'Argento. Chirichigno drew a walk to keep the bases full, but a 3-2 pop up to the catcher ended the rally.
D'Argento froze Dickey at the plate to start the bottom of the fifth frame. After Foulks drew a walk, Bree Tanke wrapped up a fly ball near the wall and LoBue knocked down a hard hit shot to first to end the fifth.
The Eagles left the bases full again in the sixth. D'Argento was hit by a pitch and subbed out for Nicole Koszowski. Delagrammaticas singled on a bunt to the pitcher and Wilkins was intentionally walked to load the bases, but with two down a pop up in shallow right ended the top of the sixth.
Amy Nece led off with a single up the middle and took second on a 6-3. A single by Wheeler put runners on the corners, before the centerfielder stole second. Wilkins hustled to a snag a pop in front of the plate to get two outs, but Blake's homer to left put the Tar Heels back up by six, 10-4.
In the seventh, Chirichigno drew a one-out walk, but was called out on a close play at first when the Eagles line to the Tar Heel shortstop.
Prior to the game, D'Argento and Filler were recognized as All-ACC members.