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Softball Wins One of Four in Series at Virginia

Eagle’s softball squeaked out a single win in their four-game series against the University of Virginia this weekend. This was the Eagles’ first time visiting Virginia since 2017. All of the games -- except for the second one, which was a 9-0 blowout loss -- were very close in scoring and featured exceptional pitching from BC’s Susannah Anderson. 

The first two games were a double-header on Thursday. The Cavaliers scored a single run in game one to take the win, defeating BC 1-0. The second game was a much more decisive 9-0 win for the Cavaliers, with six of those runs scored in the first inning. 

In the first game, Anderson held Virginia to just one hit in the fourth inning. She finished the game with five strikeouts and no walks. Virginia’s Katie Goldberg led the fourth inning off with a double, and Donna Friedman’s sacrifice fly sent her in as the only run of that game. 

The Eagles had a chance to tie the game when Gianna Boccagno hit a double in the fifth, but the Cavaliers threw out pinch runner Elisabeth Laviolette at the plate. 

The second game started off strong for the Cavaliers. After two straight walks, Goldberg hit a home run to center field, making the score 3-0 after just seven pitches. Virginia scored three more runs that inning on a BC error and a RBI triple from Arizona Ritchie. 

Virginia scored two more unearned runs in the bottom of the second and third on Eagles’ errors. In the bottom of the fourth, Virginia’s Tori Gilbert homered to left center, making the score 9-0.

The Eagles bounced back from the two losses with a 3-1 win of their own on Friday, supported again by Anderson, who pitched her ninth complete game of the season. 

Virginia started strong again as Ashley Jennings’ opened the scoreboard with a solo home run in the second. 

BC bounced back when Emme Martinez had a two-out single in the fifth inning to get Ellie Mataya home. In the top of the sixth, Gianna Boccagno reached first on a fielding error; Djhane Valido and CC Cook followed her, on a walk and a bunt single, to load the bases. Mataya hit a single on two outs to score Boccagno and Valido, giving BC their first lead of the series. They held on to win the game 3-1.

The final game on Saturday was a close loss for BC, finishing with a 2-1 score in extra innings. Anderson threw 11.1 innings -- her third complete game of the series -- and had six strikeouts. BC broke open the scoreboard in the third inning when Nicole Giery doubled to push Cook home, who had reached first on a single to left field. 

Anderson held the Cavaliers scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Gilbert pushed Emma McBride home, tying the game. The score stayed tied until the twelfth inning, when Virginia’s Leah Boggs scored on an infield hit. BC had a chance to take the win in the ninth inning, but left the bases loaded, totaling 12 stranded runners that day. 

This series leaves the Eagles with a 6-18 record (2-11 in conference), and they hope to bounce back on Wednesday, April 7 against the University of Rhode Island. Their next conference games are against Syracuse -- who has a 6-6 conference record -- this weekend in a four-game series. 

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