SOFTBALL: Eagles Find Success In 4-1 Weekend
Published: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014 02:02
Coming off two victories at the University of Louisiana Lafayette Tournament, the Boston College softball team looked to improve on its second road trip of the season in Tempe, Ariz.
The Eagles started off their weekend with a double-header against Idaho State and Drake. Solo shots from Speer and Dimaso in the second inning gave the Eagles a two-run advantage on which they built through a three-run third. Cortez supplied the homer that scored Daulton, Speer, and herself. But the Bengals cut into BC’s advantage in the fourth, as they made it 5-1. Pitcher D’Argento was pulled and relieved by Jordan Weed. While she blanked the Bengals in the fifth, she allowed the Bengals to tie the game at five in the sixth. D’Argento was put back into the circle to close out the game. Idaho State took a one-run lead in the top of the eighth, but the Eagles broke the tie in the eight when Weed batted in the equalizer, before Megan Cooley’s game-winning single to left gave BC the 7-6 win.
BC dug itself a 7-0 deficit in the second inning against Drake in the second game of its Friday double-header. The Eagles were able to cut into the lead come the next frame, but the Bulldogs responded by scoring in the bottom half of the inning. DiMasio’s three-run homer and run was batted in by Speer, pulling the Eagles within two. Cortez homered in the top of the seventh, after an RBI single by D’Argento helped to power BC to another five runs to give the Eagles 11-8 advantage, which it would hold onto for the win.
On Saturday, the Eagles started off another double-header with another meeting with Drake. The second competition between the two had a similar result, with the Eagles pulling off an 8-4 win. Speer had a hit and three RBIs, while three Eagles—Cooley, Daulton, and DiMaso—had multiple hits. Jordan Week pitched two innings, allowing seven hits and four runs, while D’Argento pitched five, allowing just one hit and tallying seven strikeouts.
The Eagles took on the hosts, the Arizona State Sun Devils, for the first time on Saturday and found themselves quickly behind in the bottom of the second when the Sun Devils jumped out to a 2-0 lead. The team had a chance to make a comeback in the fifth inning, but Arizona State’s defense came through with two runners on base, holding the Eagles scoreless. Cooley had two hits for the Eagles, while D’Argento, Speer, Dimaso, and Corneos each had one. D’Argento pitched all seven innings, allowing just eight hits.
For their final game of the weekend, the Eagles took on Seton Hall. In what was by far BC’s most prolific offensive outing of the season so far, the Eagles scored 16 runs to Seton Hall’s one to bring their record on the weekend to 4-1. Daulton had four hits and an RBI, and Speer and Tatiana Cortez had two hits. D’Argento pitched all five innings, and the game ended early because of BC’s wide margin after five innings played.