Sports, Spring, Softball

Eagles Shut Out Yellow Jackets For First Home Win of Season

After grueling, back-to-back losses to Georgia Tech in Boston College softball’s first two games of the weekend series, BC took on the Yellow Jackets a final time on Sunday afternoon. BC refused to end the weekend quietly, earning its first home win of the season and first ACC win since beating Florida State at the end of March. 

In Sunday afternoon’s game, BC (16–19, 3–12 Atlantic Coast) shut out Georgia Tech (27–12, 8–10 Atlantic Coast) at home in a 4–0 win. BC’s four Sunday runs were more than BC’s combined total from the first two games against the Yellow Jackets (27–12, 8–10 Atlantic Coast). 

Susannah Anderson pitched all seven innings of the shutout. It was a near-perfect performance from the senior pitcher, who allowed Yellow Jackets only one hit while striking out six batters. She pitched 18 of the Eagles’ 23 innings this weekend, appearing in both Friday and Sunday’s games. 

The first two innings saw no hits or runs from either team. The Eagles had a chance in the second to score after Nicole Giery was hit by a pitch and Djhane Valido walked, but the inning ended with both stranded. 

Kali Case led off the third inning for the Eagles. She walked, and, preparing for the run to second, she crouched down like a track sprinter ready to race. Case’s positioning paid off when she stole second as Ellie Mataya grounded out. 

Third up to bat was Hannah Silke, who also walked to give BC runners on first and second. A single to right field from Abigail Knight  loaded the bases. 

Kamryn Warman then tapped a ground ball to pitcher Lexi Ray, and the Yellow Jackets threw Case out at home on a pitcher’s choice. With the bases still loaded and two outs, the Eagles needed Kennedy Labshere to step up. 

She tripled to right field, scoring all three runners and putting the Eagles ahead 3–0. 

The Eagles played a defensively clean game, committing no errors and executing key plays to keep the Yellow Jackets off the scoreboard. It was BC’s first game with two double plays this season, as the Eagles doubled the Yellow Jackets up in both the third and sixth innings. 

Warman added to BC’s run total in the sixth with her first career home run to increase the Eagles’ lead to 4–0. The homer was a positive end to what had been a strong offensive weekend for the sophomore, who finished with a total of three hits and two RBIs in seven at-bats over the course of the series. 

April 10, 2022