Sports, Spring, Softball

Eagles Score 11, BC Shuts out UMass

Boston College softball’s Ellie Mataya leads Boston College softball with a .358 batting average and .907 OPS. In the Eagles’ 11–0 blanking of UMass on Wednesday, it was fitting that Mataya opened the scoring. 

Mataya tripled in the top of the second inning, clearing the bases and putting BC (14–11, 2–4 Atlantic Coast) up by three. The three-run rocket was all the Eagles needed to top UMass (7–15, 2–0 Atlantic 10), but BC scored eight more runs in the next two innings en route to its fourth shutout of the season. 

Nine other Eagles recorded at least one hit on Wednesday, and five total BC players tallied at least one RBI in the 11-run win. 

In the top of the third inning, Kennedy Labshere singled through the right side to send Nicole Giery home. In the next at-bat, Gianna Boccagno doubled to right center, sending home Labshere and Darien McDonough. 

Up by six heading into the fourth inning, the Eagles tacked on five more runs to seal the deal. Mataya walked to start the inning, and Hannah Slike singled to send her to second. Abigail Knight singled in the next at-bat, and a throwing error by Abby Packard sent her to second, Slike to third, and Mataya to home. 

Two at-bats later, McDonough added a three-run homer to continue the Eagles’ hitting clinic. The blast marks McDonough’s fourth homer of the year, and she leads BC’s roster in home runs.

Kristin Giery capped BC’s scoring streak with a single to center field in the fourth that scored Kamryn Warman and secured BC the 11–0 win, its largest victory of the season.

Aside from the Eagles’ hot bats, Susannah Anderson shined for BC on Wednesday, giving up three hits over five innings on the mound. With the win, Anderson moves to 6–5 on the season. She ranks second on the team with a 3.14 ERA.

Featured Image by Ikram Ali / Heights Senior Staff

March 24, 2022