May 4, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – The Boston College softball team competes in its final home stand of the year when No. 20 North Carolina comes to town Saturday, May 5. The series will open with a doubleheaders slated for 1 p.m. and conclude with a noon showdown on Sunday, May 6. BC’s five seniors – Rene Delagrammaticas, Morgan Kidd, Ali Lynette-Krech, Lizzy Ploen and Brittany Wilkins – will be recognized prior to Sunday’s first pitch.
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The Eagles were defeated in walk-off fashion, 7-6, by the Providence Friars. Sophomore Bree Tanke went 3-for-4 at the plate, drove in two runs and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth. Senior Brittany Wilkins joined her teammate with a multiple RBI performance, going 2-for-4 at the plate, and Ali Lynette-Krech and Chelsea LoBue each touched home twice in the loss. BC took a two-run lead into the seventh inning, but two doubles and a hit-by-pitch set up a game-winning single.
Senior Ali Lynette-Krech
and freshman Andrea Filler
have reached base in seven straight games. Lynette-Krech has scored at least once in four of the last six contests.
Senior catcher Brittany Wilkins posted her sixth multiple RBI game of the year on Wednesday at Providence. The catcher also recorded her 12th multiple hit game this season.
Freshman CJ Chirichigno has five hits in the last five games.
Five Eagles are hitting .300 or greater this season: Nicole D’Argento (.333), Wilkins (.328), Filler (.325), Lynette-Krech (.307) and Maria Pandolfo (.300). Boston College has not had more than three players bat at or above .300 since 2001, when Cara Blumfield led a group of five Eagles with a then-school record .389 clip.
Rene Delagrammaticas leads the ACC with 12 sacrifice bunts. The Eagles have scored five times when the captain executes a sac bunt. BC has scored 3-of-3 times when the Vista, Calif. native reaches safely on a bunt.
Filler’s .593 slugging percentage is third highest in the ACC. Only Tory Speer’s .644 slugging percentage in 2011 was greater among BC freshmen.
The Tar Heels (38-11, 11-3 ACC) close out their conference schedule against Boston College. UNC has lost only once since April 6, registering four run-rule victories since that day. The Tar Heels lead the conference in multiple categories: batting average (.296), slugging percentage (.492), home runs (58) and runs scored (271). The pitching staff, led by 2011 ACC Pitcher of the Year Lori Spingola, carries the second lowest ERA in the ACC (2.22). Spingola is 28-9, has 279 strikeouts and a 1.90 earned run average this year. Five Tar Heels are hitting .300 or greater and three have 10 or more home runs. Amy Nece tops the league with a .383 batting average, while Logan Foulks (.647) and Kelli Wheeler (.628) top the squad in slugging.