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Softball Takes Two of Three From Syracuse

It was a perfect weekend for softball in Boston with clear skies and plenty of sunshine, and Boston College’s softball team certainly did not disappoint the scores of fans who came out to watch them take on Syracuse at the Harrington Athletics Village. Much like the Spring weather, BC’s bats were lively all weekend as they stole two games from the Orange in a three-game series. 

Susannah Anderson got the start for BC on Friday afternoon, but her outing did not go as planned when Syracuse knocked in the first three runs of the series in the 2nd inning. Anderson managed to escape the inning with a strikeout, but not before giving up two two-out singles. 

BC quickly struck back in the bottom of the frame when Lexi DiEmmanuele drove two runners home on a bases-loaded single to centerfield. The Eagles would soon tie the game at 3 on a sacrifice fly by Ellie Mataya that allowed Jules Trevino to score. 

Camryn Dolby took over in relief for Anderson and breezed through 5 innings to earn her 5th win of the season, giving up only a single hit in the process. BC’s bats remained silent during that same timeframe, and the game came down to the bottom of the 7th inning. With two runners on in the bottom of the 7th, Emme Martinez proved to be the hero as she singled to right to seal a 4-3 walk-off victory. 

The second game of the series began in similar fashion as Syracuse jumped out to an early 2-1 lead at the end of the first inning. BC grabbed their sole run in the first without recording a hit when Lexi DiEmmanuele walked and managed to reach home following a steal and a pair of passed balls.

The Eagles blew the game open in the 2nd inning to the tune of an 8 hit, 7 run inning that put them ahead 8-2. After the first two batters flied out and grounded out, BC put 9 consecutive runners on base starting with a Maddison Hamilton single and ending with a Carlie Sanders single that scored Allyson Moore. The onslaught finally ended with a Hamilton strike out that left two runners on base in threatening position.

After a shaky 1st inning on the mound, Camryn Dolby would settle down in the 2nd, and then with a massive cushion to further ease her nerves, Dolby would prevent Syracuse from registering another hit until the 6th. Her 2nd consecutive masterful outing saw her rack up 5 strikeouts and her 6th win on the season while giving up only 2 hits. 

BC’s offense would put the cherry on top of a flawless Saturday afternoon in the 6th when Emme Martinez smashed a double to right, scoring Elie Mataya. The score would hold until the end of the game, resulting in a convincing 10-2 victory in which the Eagles totaled 14 hits.

Looking for the series sweep, head coach Ashley Obrest put the ball in Susannah Anderson’s hands on Sunday. However, Anderson was quickly replaced by Dolby after giving up two runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Dolby took over in the 3rd with two runners on and no outs and managed to escape the inning with only one more run added to the board. 

After looking dominant on the two days prior, fatigue finally caught up to Dolby as she gave up 4 more runs on a pair of homers in the 5th and 6th innings. CC Cook took over for her in the 6th, but wasn’t immune to struggles of her own when she hit a batter in the 7th inning who would reach home on a sacrifice fly for Syracuse’s 8th run of the game. 

While the Orange were wreaking havoc with their bats, the Eagles were struggling to find their way into the game, scoring a run in the 1st but frustratingly leaving runners stranded in scoring position in subsequent innings. Down 8-1 in the bottom of the 7th inning, BC teased fans with a comeback attempt when Emme Martinez doubled two runners home, but the game ended that way with a final score of 8-3. BC recorded twice as many hits as Syracuse in the final game of the series, but came up with few runs to show for it.

With Syracuse in the rearview mirror, Boston College now sits at 10-16 on the season and 2-4 in ACC play. The Eagles will look to improve on their record and 9th place standing in the ACC when they take on UMass Wednesday and NC State next weekend in a three-game series.

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