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Softball Opens 2012 Season at Florida Gulf Coast Tournament on Friday

Feb. 15, 2012

Chestnut Hill, Mass. – The Boston College softball team begins its 2012 season at the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament on Friday, Feb. 17 in Fort Meyers, Fla. The Eagles compete in the three-day tournament against Binghamton, Delaware, Florida Gulf Coast, St. Louis and Tennessee-Martin. Live stats for all the games can be found here.

BC’s new coaching staff, skipper Ashley Obrest and assistant Erica Hanrahan, lead a squad that returns eight starters and 13 letter winners from the 2011 season. The Eagles went 15-31 last year, with a 5-14 mark in the ACC. Brittany Wilkins, Ali Lynette-Krech and Rene Delagrammaticas have been elected captains for the 2012 campaign.

2011 saw BC set a school record with 57 home runs. Wilkins charged the lineup with 13 long balls, second most ever by an Eagle, while then-rookie Tory Speer added 11, fourth most in school history, en route to being named ACC Freshman of the Year. Speer led the lineup with a .326 batting average and was second in slugging percentage (.644). Wilkins’ .662 slugging clip was highest for BC, while her .317 hitting was second.

Boston College returns three more players that batted over .250: Nicole D’Argento (.267), Alana DiMaso (.267) and Lynette-Krech (.257). The Eagles lineup brings back most of their offense, including runs scored (.832), hits (.810) and RBI (.785).

In the circle, Amanda Horowitz saw the most action of the three returning pitchers, throwing 92 innings in 29 games. As a freshman she totaled 55 strikeouts and a team-best 3.96 ERA. D’Argento also made 15 appearances in the circle for BC last season, going 3-2 in five starts and striking out 39 batters.

Putting the Maroon and Gold on for the first time will be CJ Chirichigno, Chelsea Dimon, Andrea Filler and Annie Sommers. All four were highly decorated players at their respective high school and look to contribute right away at BC. Chirichigno and Filler are infielders, Sommers scours the outfield and Dimon controls the game from the circle.

The Blue Hens split their opening day, falling to Charlotte, 4-3, and defeating Presbyterian, 2-1. Hannah Rust picked up the win, striking out six batters in seven innings and allowing just one run. Jess Grisler batted .500, hitting a three run homer and scoring twice, while Gina Knutson drove in two runs on each of her two hits.

Opens the season against Boston College on Friday, Feb. 17 at 11:15 a.m.

St. Louis
The Billikens kicked off the 2012 season at the Jacksonville University Tournament from Feb. 10-12. St. Louis dropped the first two games, but strung together four victories to close out the tournament. Jessica Buschojost led her team with six hits, while Alyson Brand produced eight RBI on three hits (2HR). Hannah Huebbe started three of the games, lasting 18 innings, striking out five, giving up 14 hits and 10 runs for a 3.11 ERA.

Florida Gulf Coast
The Eagles opened their season last weekend at the USF – Best Western Tournament, going 2-3 with wins over Long Island and Maine. FGCU batted .246 (33-for-134) with five extra-base hits and two home runs, scoring 17 runs. Jessica Barnes, Kirsten Bembnowski and Emily Lanier all had five hits and two RBI. Shelby Morgan went 1-1 in her appearances on the mound, fanning 10 batters in 10.2 innings.

The Skyhawks defeated Kansas, Nicholls St. and Southern at the Southeastern Louisiana Lions Classic. Outfielder Leah Taylor smashed opponents for a .611 batting average, posting 11 hits, three RBI, six runs and four stolen bases. Pitcher Chelsea Jones went 3-0 in three starts. Jones threw 20 innings, striking out 18 batters and allowing seven earned runs.

Boston College’s Schedule at the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament
Feb. 17 vs. Delaware 9 a.m.
Feb. 17 vs. Binghamton 11:15 a.m.
Feb. 18 vs. St. Louis 3:45 p.m.
Feb. 18 at Florida Gulf Coast 8:15 p.m.
Feb. 19 vs. Tennessee-Martin 11:15 a.m.

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