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Softball Back in Sunshine State for USF Under Armour Invitational

Feb. 28, 2012

Chestnut Hill, Mass. – The Boston College travels to the USF Under Armour Invitational in Tampa, Fla. from March 2-4. The Eagles (8-2) will take on Miami of Ohio, Hampton, Central Arkansas, Loyola Maryount and the host university beginning with a double-header on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Boston College is off to its best start in 10 seasons, in part thanks to five members of the team hitting better than .400. BC has utilized timely hitting to outscore its foes, 56-30, and quality pitching to limit opponents from reaching base. The Eagles have allowed only 48 hits, holding opponents to a .208 batting average.

Senior captain Ali Lynette-Krech leads the squad with a .517 average, 15 hits, eight runs scored and four doubles.

Classmate Brittany Wilkins carries the highest slugging percentage on the team (.793). The captain leads the Eagles with six extra-base hits, including two home runs, and 11 runs batted in.

Last weekend, junior Nicole D’Argento submitted a .563 clip. The Ashland, Mass. native had nine hits in 16 at-bats, driving in nine runs, scoring four and hit two home runs. D’Argento also pitched 11.2 innings and struck out 12 batters, while giving up only two earned runs. She is 4-1 on the year, with three saves, and had a team-best 26 Ks.

The Boston College softball team had its seven game winning streak snapped by Charlotte, 12-2, in the championship game of the 49ers Invitational on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Ronnie Mae Ayers went 2-for-2 and drove in one run for the Eagles and classmate Chelsea LoBue drove in the other run for BC in the loss to the 49ers.

Miami of Ohio (Friday, March 2 – 1:30 p.m.)
The RedHawks are fresh off a 4-1 outing at the Blues City Classic, having ended the showcase with two straight wins. Daniela Torres (.478), Kirstie Fehrenbach (.452) and Allie Larrabee (.417) are all batting over .400 through Miami’s first nine games. Torres leads the way in slugging (.696) and on-base (.556) percentage. Jessica Simpson lead the RedHawks with appearances on the mound, going 3-2 in starts and earning two saves. Simpson charges the rotation with 40 strikeouts, while Paige Myers has 21 Ks in 22.1 innings to add to a 4-0 record.

Hampton (Friday, March 2 – 4:00 p.m.)
The Lady Pirates swept their season-opening series, but split its games at the College of Charleston Tournament and will carry a 4-2 mark entering this weekend. Kelsei Saunders leads Hampton with six runs batted in and a .412 batting average, while Nina Ferguson is hitting an even .400 with six runs scored. The Lady Pirates pitching staff’s ERA is 5.57 through the first six games.

Central Arkansas (Saturday, March 3 – 9:15 a.m.)
The Bears (11-7) will meet Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a doubleheader on Wednesday, Feb. 29, before heading to Florida. Four players, Kasey Britt (.448), Ashley Boswell (.424), Stephanie Lasley (.408) and Lissa Avitia (.404), are hitting over .400 through the first 18 games. Britt leads the lineup in multiple columns: hits (26), home runs (6), RBI (20) and slugging percentage (.793). The Bears have scored 127 runs, while allowing only 66. Kelsie Armstong (5-5) and Cami Newsome (6-1) have split starting duties in the circle. However, Armstrong has seen the majority of the work, throwing 60.1 innings for a 2.67 ERA and 63 strikeouts.

South Florida (Saturday, March 3 – 2:00 p.m.)
The Bulls are 10-2, but meet Michigan prior to the tournament. The hosts have not played on the road yet this season and have outscored opponents 57-22. Jessica Mouse boasts the highest batting average (.385) on the team, but Kenshyra Jackson (.308) has driven in a team-high 11 runs. Six of the Bulls are batting .300 or better to date. In the circle, Lindsey Richardson (5-0), Sam Grenier (2-1) and Sara Nevins (3-1) all have eight appearances. Richardson’s 0.95 ERA and 37 Ks lead the staff, but Nevins 31.1 innings pitched (36K) are most for USF.

Loyola Marymount (Sunday, March 4 – 9:30 a.m.)
The Lions split their Strike Out Cancer Tournament games in Boca Raton, Fla. last week and will take on Bethune-Cookman on Wednesday. Sam Fischer is slugging 1.261 and batting .565 with 24 runs batted in thanks to eight home runs. She also leads the team with 17 runs scored, 26 hits and eight doubles. Molly Medeiros boasts a 1.94 ERA and a 7-2 record. She has seven complete games in 11 appearances, accumulating 25 strikeouts.

Boston College’s Schedule at the USF Under Armour Invitational
Fri. March 2 – 1:30 p.m. vs. Miami (Ohio)
Fri. March 2 – 4:00 p.m. vs. Hampton
Sat. March 3 – 9:15 a.m. vs. Central Arkansas
Sat. March 3 – 2:00 p.m. at USF
Sun. March 4 – 9:30 a.m. vs. Loyola Marymount

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