BC Picks Up Pair Of Wins At Dartmouth
Eagles Get Two Complete-Game Pitching Performances On The Road
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 19:01
Backed by two of its strongest pitching outings seen all season, the softball team picked up a pair of wins in Hanover, N.H., beating home team Dartmouth (12-23) 3-2 and 7-0 on Wednesday night. Starting pitchers Nicole D’Argento and Morgan Kidd both threw complete games and struck out a collective 18 batters on the day.
The Eagles wasted no time in scoring in the first matchup, as leadoff hitter D’Argento homered on the second pitch she saw from Big Green pitcher Kristen Rumley. Two outs later, Chelsea LoBlue’s sharp single allowed team captain Brittany Wilkins to score from second base to make the score 2-0. Wilkins was hit by a pitch for the 15th time this season, and advanced into scoring position off of Ali Lynette-Krech’s successful bunt single.
In the top of the third, Andrea Filler showed off some speed and guts to add what would be the go-ahead run. Reaching base on a single up the middle, she then stole second and advanced to third when LoBlue hit a clutch two-out single to right field. Head coach Ashley Obrest made the call for a suicide squeeze. With both LoBlue and Filler stealing off of Rumley’s pitch, Filler sprinted home and reached base safely to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
Dartmouth hitters had a hard time figuring out D’Argento, who started for the Eagles and turned in an eight-strikeout, complete game performance. After giving up a run in the bottom of the third, the right-hander fanned the next two Dartmouth hitters and forced a ground ball for the third out. Kara Curosh’s RBI double in the seventh brought the Big Green to within one run, but D’Argento held on for her 10th win of the season.
In game two of the doubleheader, the Eagles opened up offensively. In the top of the third, LoBlue crushed an 0-1 pitch over the left field fence for her fourth home run of the year, scoring herself and pinch-runner Nicole Koszowksi to get the Eagles on the board 2-0. The Eagles added two more in the next frame thanks to a double by Filler, who took advantage of a wild pitch by Dartmouth starter Hillary Barker to move to third. Singles by Wilkins and Lynette-Krech brought in two more runs.
Freshman CJ Chirichigno added some more offense in the fifth inning with a two-run single, then decided to add a run in addition to her RBI by scoring from third base on a wild pitch.
While the Dartmouth pitching staff was getting knocked around, Bc’s starter, Kidd, pitched lights-out. The senior struck out 10 batters, including five in the last three innings, and scattered four hits over seven innings to earn the complete game shutout.