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Softball Drops Three of Four in ACC-Big Ten Challenge

Boston College Softball traveled to Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend to play four games as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, taking on Iowa and Nebraska twice. The team went 1–3 over the weekend, but redeemed themselves with a win over Nebraska in their last game on Sunday afternoon.

In the first game against Iowa on Friday, the Eagles only had one hit in the 4–0 loss. BC’s sole hit came in the bottom of the fourth when Kristin Giery singled to right field. The Eagles, however, would not make anything of it, as the inning ended on a groundout.

Susannah Anderson took the loss for BC, giving up seven hits and three runs (one earned), but amassing five strikeouts. Peyton Schnackenberg came in as relief for Anderson in the fifth inning and gave up one hit, one run, and tallied three strikeouts. 

On Saturday, the team went 0–2 in their doubleheader, losing to Nebraska in the morning and Iowa in the afternoon.

The Eagles fell to Nebraska 5–2 in the first game, but showed more signs of life this time around. Ellie Mataya brought her A-game, going 3–3 with two runs. Kristin Giery and Gianna Randazza were the ones that drove home Mataya, notching an RBI apiece.

On the mound, CC Cook took the loss for the Eagles. Although she pitched six innings, it was fives all around for Cook; she gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits with five strikeouts and five walks. 

In the second game, the Eagles scored first against Iowa in the top of the third, but the Hawkeyes quickly responded by scoring three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Iowa scored one more run in the bottom of the fifth, which brought the game to its final 4–1 score.

BC only had three hits in the game and struck out eight times. In the pitching category, Anderson took the loss again for the Eagles, giving up four runs (three earned) on four hits over four innings pitched. Freshman Haley White made her debut coming in relief in the fifth inning, letting up only one hit and striking out two.

Finally, on Sunday afternoon, the Eagles got their sole win of the tournament, taking down Nebraska 2–0. Anderson had her best outing of the tournament, pitching a complete game, giving up only two hits and striking out six.

Gianna Boccagno hit her ninth career home run in the bottom of the third to put the Eagles up 1–0. Mataya added another run in the bottom of the sixth on a Djhane Valido single to left center.

Although the Eagles would have preferred a better outcome, the last game showed some energy on the team. Going forward, the team should focus on not leaving runners on base and keeping down the runs allowed, as they tallied 17 and 13 in those stats, respectively, over the weekend.

Next up, BC will head south again to take on University of South Carolina at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21.

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