Providence Downs Eagles With Comeback Walkoff
Published: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 19:01
The Boston College softball team lost in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday afternoon, falling 7-6 to the Providence Friars. The Eagles led for nearly the entire game as they got contributions from the entire lineup, but a three-run bottom of the seventh from Providence was enough to send the Eagles home with a loss.
The bats were working on Wednesday for the Eagles, who picked up 10 hits over the course of the game. Right fielder Bree Tanke went 3-for-4 on the day, while Brittany Wilkins and Andrea Filler both managed two hits of their own.
BC jumped ahead early with a run in the top of the first before Providence tied it in the bottom of the frame. After a scoreless second, the Eagles managed to push a run across in each of the next five innings. Tanke and Wilkins each had two RBI to lead the offense, while Ali Lynette-Krech and Chelsea LoBue each scored twice. Unfortunately, the big day at the plate that many of the players had was all for naught, as the BC pitching staff let them down in the end.
Amanda Horowitz started the game for BC and, after letting up a run in the first inning, looked dominant as she shut down the Friars for the next three innings. In the fifth, however, she ran into some trouble when she let up a single and hit a batter before serving up a three-run home run to Stephanie Kiesel that tied the game at four apiece. Horowitz managed to get through the inning without any more damage, but her day in the circle was done, and she was removed from the game to be replaced by Morgan Kidd.
The Eagles added a run in the sixth and another in the seventh to retake the lead 6-4. Kidd got through the sixth without any trouble, but ran into issues immediately in the seventh. She let up a leadoff double before hitting a batter to put two runners on. Another double scored one run and left runners on second and third before Marie Flego ripped a single into center field that scored both runners and gave Providence the win. Kidd was the losing pitcher for the Eagles, dropping to 3-5 on the season.
The loss extended the Eagles’ current losing streak to five games, and leaves them with just two wins in their last 13 games. BC remains in the cellar of the ACC with the loss dropping them to 22-28 on the season and 2-16 in conference play. The Eagles will wrap up their regular season schedule this weekend when they welcome North Carolina to Chestnut Hill for a three-game series. The Tar Heels are currently second in the ACC, and boast an impressive 38-11 overall record. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday before finishing the series with one game on Sunday.