ESPN3 to Show ACC SB Tournament
May 8, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – For the second straight year, the Boston College softball team has been pitted against North Carolina in the first round of the ACC Championship. The Eagles appear in front of a national audience for the first time in program history (ESPN3.com) and have the opportunity to take down the No. 21 Tar Heels on their home field just four days after UNC clinched the conference’s regular-season title and top-seed with a 1-0 win on Shea Field. BC was bounced from the 2011 conference tournament by the Tar Heel, 9-0, in five innings.
Last weekend, Boston College suffered a 12-2, five-inning run-rule loss, before earning the second victory in program history over North Carolina, 4-3, to close out Saturday’s doubleheader. Despite BC limiting the ACC’s top offense to just three hits, the Eagles were downed, 1-0, in the Senior Day rubbermatch by a second-inning solo shot from Logan Foulks.
Thursday’s ACC Quarterfinal on ESPN3.com will mark the third meeting between Boston College and North Carolina. The Eagls have been shut out in the previous two showdowns, falling 5-0 during the league’s double elimination format in 2007, prior to last season’s loss.
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Pitching dominated the game after the homer, as Lori Spingola (30-9) racked up nine strikeouts without walking a batter. Brittany Wilkins and Tory Speer were the only Eagles that reached base. Speer landed a single in left field in the bottom of the second, while the senior catcher hit a single to deep short in the fourth.
Nicole D’Argento was equally impressive. The Ashland, Mass. product one-hit the ACC’s top-ranked lineup and had two strikeouts in 4.1 innings of action. The Eagles did not allow a single Tar Heel to reach base in three of the final four innings.
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Junior Nicole D’Argento has seven hits in the last six games.
Five Eagles are hitting .300 or greater this season: Nicole D’Argento (.338), Wilkins (.326), Filler (.302), Lynette-Krech (.300) 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. D'Argento's average is sixth highest in the ACC, while Wilkins' is 10th.
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.