The ACC sent eight teams to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament last year and are poised to repeat the effort in 2018, boasting a conference loaded with returning talent and new faces.
Brian Rapp gave up just one earned run in six innings of work, but BC only mustered three hits and one run of its own, not nearly enough to make up for the bullpen’s late-game blunders.
BC’s three-game win streak came to an end on Saturday, as the Eagles struck out 26 times over the course of their series-opening doubleheader, mustering just five hits and zero runs.
The Eagles, who, in conference play, rank 12th in the ACC in 3-point defense, have conceded 10 or more long-range shots in four-straight games, five of its last six matchups, and 11 total contests this season.
After turning the ball over nine times and managing just 17 points in the first half, BC more than tripled its scoring output in the latter portion of play, but, ultimately, failed to make up the ground it lost in the opening 20 minutes.
BC will host Wake Forest, a fellow ACC bottom feeder, on Thursday night, in search of its first win over the Demon Deacons in four years and second conference victory all season.
BC dropped three spots after struggling on the road against Louisville and Syracuse, while the Orange and Virginia Tech both made steady gains.
Duke basketball was the preseason No. 1, but Virginia has controlled the ACC so far, behind stifling defense and methodical offense.
Backed by an impressive performance by Steffon Mitchell, who recorded 17 points, five rebounds, and four blocks, BC kept its turnovers to a minimum and played smart basketball in its second ACC win of the season.