BC softball came out of this weekend's series at Notre Dame without a win. Against a talented Irish squad, the Eagles’ offense struggled to produce as they scored just five runs the entire three-game series.
Notre Dame dominated in the first game of the series 11-0, run-ruling BC. The Irish scored early and often, in addition to lights out pitching over five innings. BC struggled to get the bats going and made three costly errors.
Susannah Anderson got the start for BC. She pitched 2.2 innings, giving up four hits, six runs (five earned), and a walk to go along with one strikeout. With the loss, her record moved to 4-11 on the season.
Payton Tidd got the win for Notre Dame in a phenomenal start. She struck out one batter, but only gave up two hits and no walks through four innings. She improved to 13-5 on the year.
After BC went down the order to start the game, Notre Dame jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead. ND outfielder Ali Wester scored from second on an Eagles' fielding error for the first run. Melissa Rochford then punished BC with a two-run double to make it 3-0.
The Eagles threatened to score in the second inning, but once again came up empty-handed. Allyson Moore singled and Jenna Ergle was hit by a pitch, putting two on base with one out. Moore’s single brought her hitting streak to six games, a silver lining on a rough afternoon. Notre Dame escaped the inning with a ground out and pop-up.
Notre Dame blew the game open in the third inning. Irish Senior MK Bonamy hit a towering three-run home run to center field to extend the lead to 6-0. Freshman relief pitcher Camryn Dolby came on to end the inning.
The Irish did not let up, putting five more runs on the board in the fourth inning. Katie Marino hit the second three-run homer of the game for Notre Dame. Ellie Richards followed that up with a two-run double to put 11 runs on the board.
The Eagles showed signs of life in the second game of the series, but committed another three errors in a 9-3 defeat.
Susannah Anderson started again for the Eagles, falling to 4-12 with the loss. She pitched 2.2 innings, allowing five hits and five runs (four earned). She had just one walk and one strikeout.
The right-handed sophomore Alexis Holloway started for the Irish. In three innings, Holloway gave up four hits and three runs, while walking two batters to go along with three strikeouts. The win moves her to 9-6 on the year.
BC got off to a better start offensively than the first game of the series. They led 3-1 before Notre Dame stormed back to take control of the game.
In the first inning, third-baseman Emme Martinez drove Lexi DiEmmanuele home with a single up the middle after DiEmmanuele led the game off with a double.
After a wild throw by BC tied the game for Notre Dame in the second, BC scored two more runs in the third. Gianna Randazza scored off a single to right by Moore, who increased her hitting streak to seven games. Martinez scored, after getting on base from a walk, when Ergle was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The lead was short lived as the Irish exploded for five runs in the third inning. Bonamy hit a single that scored two, followed by another RBI single from freshman Quinn Biggio. Notre Dame scored their final two runs of the frame off a throwing error and wild pitch by Dolby, who came in for relief.
Insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings sealed the win for Notre Dame.
Game three of the series was the best effort by the Eagles, but they came up short once again by a score of 7-2. The defensive cleaned up the fielding, yielding no errors, but the BC offense failed to come alive.
Dolby got the start for BC, but unfortunately struggled. She picked up just one out, giving up two hits, three runs (all earned), and three walks. She dropped to a 7-8 record with the loss.
Tidd put together another impressive start for Notre Dame. Through 5.1 innings, she gave up five hits, just two runs, and two walks along with her two strikeouts. She improved to 14-5 on the season.
The Irish got off to a quick start in the first inning. Walks by Wester and Caitlyn Brooks and a double by Marino loaded the bases. Abby Sweet hit a sacrifice fly to score Wester. Rochford then singled up the middle to score two more runs. She would have three RBIs on the day.
BC scored two runs in the fifth inning to cut the lead to one run. Martinez hit a single up the middle, scoring two, as part of a two-out rally.
Notre Dame responded with a three-run fifth inning to put the game away before tacking on another run in the sixth inning by way of a Marino home run.
With the series sweep, the Eagles dropped to 11-23 on the season and 3-9 in the ACC play. Though the Eagles struggled offensively and defensively, there were some positive takeaways from the series. They showed some signs of life on offense as the series progressed.
In their next game, Notre Dame travels on the road to face Northwestern on Tuesday. BC will look to turn things around, once again on the road, against UConn this Tuesday at 3 p.m.
The Eagles return home on Wednesday for a matchup with Fairfield at 4 p.m.
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