March 29, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. –The Boston College softball team hosts Virginia in its first conference home series this season beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. The Eagles (18-10, 0-3 ACC) look to pick up their first league wins of the year, while the Cavaliers (16-12, 3-3 ACC) aim to halt a seven game skid.
Boston College opened up at home last weekend against Dartmouth. The Eagles stole a 2-1 decision in game one and were dominant in the second meeting with an 11-0, five inning win. Senior pitcher Morgan Kidd delivered nine strikeouts in the first game and sophomore Amanda Horowitz added three in the second. Junior center fielder Maria Pandolfo tied the first game at one with the first of four home runs by BC on the day. Sophomore Tory Speer (2-for-5, 5 RBI), freshman Andrea Filler and junior Nicole D’Argento added long balls in the second win.
Virginia was swept by No. 23 Florida State at home last weekend. The Cavaliers fell by scores of 5-0, 2-0 and 3-1. UVA was outhit 20-6 in the series. Melanie Mitchell shouldered the first loss, tossing 11 strikeouts and walking two batters with just one earned run on seven hits. Rachel Gillen picked complete games to close out the weekend. She allowed 13 hits, three earned runs, walked five and struck out nine batters in the final two games.
The only common opponent between the two sides is ACC rival Georgia Tech. BC fell in all three games of its conference opener to the Yellow Jackets, while UVA swept GT. When one side puts up 10 runs or more both teams are 4-1. Should a game be decided by one run, BC holds a 5-1 edge to UVA’s 2-3. Last season, the Eagles swept the Cavs on the road.
Boston College enters the weekend producing 4.2 runs per game and giving up 3.1. The Eagles carry a .291 batting average and .964 fielding percentage to date this season. D’Argento leads BC from the mound with 65 strikeouts in 21 appearances. The Ashland, Mass. native is third on the team with a .348 batting average and second in slugging (.539). Senior Brittany Wilkins
tops the lineup in both categories batting .387 and slugging .600. The pitcher/catcher combo is also tied with a team-leading 20 RBI.
Virginia is averaging 4.7 runs per contest and allowing 3.0. The Cavaliers are batting .245 and fielding .962 through 28 games this year. Mitchell has handled 105.0 innings for the Cavs this year, leading the pitching staff with a 1.73 ERA and 137 strikeouts. Marcy Bowdren paces UVA with 21 runs batted in and five home runs. Erica Cipolloni also has a team-leading five long balls and 20 runs scored.
Stats for all three games will be available via GameTracker.