Three losses in two days awaited the Boston College softball team as they traveled to Chapel Hill, N.C. this weekend for a three-game set against the Tar Heels. A couple close games and one wildly high-scoring affair typified a tough weekend for the Eagles. Their first game, on Saturday afternoon, was a relatively comfortable win for the Tar Heels, as they won 5-2.
North Carolina held a steady lead in this contest, beginning the scoring in the second inning. A solo home run from first baseman Jenna Kelly put UNC on the scoreboard early. Just an inning later, Kristen Brown slipped a single past second base to bring Erin Satterfield home for a two-run lead. The Tar Heels kept the lead, scoring once more in the fifth inning and hauling in two runs in the sixth.
BC managed two runs towards the end of the game, but neither brought the Eagles level with UNC. After Meghan Cooley was walked, Allison Chase scored in the fifth inning. Then in the sixth, Tatiana Cortez claimed an RBI with a single that scored Jessie Daulton.
With one game finished on Saturday, the Eagles had a doubleheader on Sunday, which started with a rough 15-7 loss.
Jordan Weed was the starting pitcher for BC, but quickly gave up two runs. UNC’s Kristen Brown hit a double to bring in Aquilla Mateen. Then Brown came home herself, following a single from Kelly. The first inning ended 2-0 in favor of the Tar Heels.
Cortez then narrowed the UNC lead two innings later with a leadoff home run. In response, Brown recorded a three-run homer in the same inning as Cortez’s. Going into the fourth inning, the score was 5-1, but for one half of this inning, BC would hold the only lead that they would have over the entire duration of the series.
Daulton, Chase, Annie Murphy, Chloe Sharabba, Chloe Dubocq, and Taylor Michalski all made their way to home base in the fourth inning, and BC snatched a 7-5 lead. It did not take long for the Tar Heels to reclaim their lead for good. The Tar Heels gathered five runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning, putting the game at 10-7.
A run followed by a grand slam rounded out the game at 15-7 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The last game proved to be much different than the game just minutes prior in matters of offensive production, as the final score came out to be 1-0. Freshman Jessica Dreswick pitched the entire game, allowing only four hits and one run, and that one run came in extra innings. In the top of the eighth inning, North Carolina’s Amber Parrish stepped up to the plate with runners on first and second base. Parrish hit a double into left field, completing the sweep in dramatic fashion.
The Eagles only recorded one hit in the final matchup, coming from first baseman Madison Paulson.
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