It was a weekend of festivities for Boston College softball as the team played their annual ALS Awareness game on Saturday and honored four seniors on Sunday’s senior day. However, the celebrations were spoiled by a No. 24 Virginia Tech team that blasted the Eagles in three consecutive games for a dominating sweep.
Susannah Anderson got the call on the mound to open the series on Friday evening but couldn’t deliver the start to the weekend that the Eagles wanted. Anderson walked the first three batters she faced to load the bases and quickly lost her composure, letting in a run on a wild pitch and then a second on a single to left. After ceding yet another walk, she was replaced by Camryn Dolby without recording a single out. Dolby also struggled with her command, letting in two more runs on a wild pitch and a single to centerfield, but somehow managed to get BC out of a disastrous first inning with a 4-0 deficit.
Things would go from bad to worse for Dolby and the Eagles in the third when she hit a batter who would advance on a wild pitch and then repeated the exact same process with the next VT batter, putting them both in scoring position. After Dolby let in a fifth Hokie run and proceeded to hit her third batter of the inning, head coach Ashley Obrest decided that she had seen enough and gave Anderson a chance to redeem herself. However, Anderson failed to deliver in her encore role as she gave up two more runs on a single up the middle, extending the Hokie lead to 7-0.
BC would finally put a dent in the scoreboard in the 4th inning when Allyson Moore and Gianna Randazza both walked before being slapped home by a Jenna Ergle double to centerfield. At this point the game was unfortunately out of reach, and Virginia Tech would add three more runs across the fifth and sixth innings to cap off a resounding 10-2 victory.
The Eagles looked to leave Friday night’s loss behind them and regroup on Saturday for the second game of the series, but the same 1st inning demons came back to haunt them once again, this time with Kendra Freidt on the mound.
Virginia Tech got all over Freidt early with a flurry of singles that put four quick runs on the board before putting the nail in the coffin on her day with a three-run blast to centerfield to take a commanding 7-0 lead. Anderson came in to close the floodgates and managed to get the Eagles out of another tumultuous first inning without letting up another run.
BC would cut into the lead in the second inning when Moore singled to left and Randazza managed to get on base with a bunt. Gianna Boccagno then walked to load the bases before a patient Carly Sanders at-bat sent in a run on another walk.
Sadly, that would be the only run the Eagles registered on the afternoon, and Virginia Tech closed all talks of a comeback anyway by beating up on Anderson in the third to the tune of three more runs.
With the score now 10-1 Hokies, CC Cook took over on the mound and gave BC the strongest outing of the weekend so far. Cook struck out a pair of batters over the last two innings of the game and only let up a sole run, putting a solid cap on a damper 11-1 loss for the Eagles.
Boston College celebrated seniors Lexi DiEmmanuele, Allyson Moore, Kendra Freidt, and Carly Severini in ceremony before the third and final game of the series Sunday morning. The positive energy and support from the crowd sparked BC to a 1-0 first inning lead as Emme Martinez singled home Ergle.
The Hokies would strike back with force in the third when they mashed a pair of home runs off Cook to rake in a total of five runs. Dolby came in to relieve her, but it was the catcher Boccagno who got the Eagles out of the inning when she gunned a baserunner attempting to steal second.
Dolby held her own over two innings in this one, walking in another run in the fourth but overall putting together her best work of the weekend. She was replaced in the fifth inning by Freidt, who was starting to compose a solid outing of her own until a two-run home run in the sixth put an abrupt and sour end to her Senior Day.
Meanwhile, the Eagles’ bats remained cold against stout Virginia Tech pitching, and for the third consecutive game only mustered a total of five hits. Anderson closed out with by far her strongest pitching of the series as she held the Hokies scoreless over the final two innings, and the game dully ended in an 8-1 defeat.
The Virginia Tech series marked the second straight weekend where Boston College was swept by a ranked ACC opponent in dominant fashion after #1 Florida State held BC completely scoreless over Easter. The Eagles now reside at a paltry 16-32 overall on the season, and are 4-17 in conference play. They will try to build some momentum heading into a weekend road trip at Pittsburgh with a pair of midweek games against UMass Lowell and Dartmouth.
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