Boston College softball participated in the first annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge tournament this weekend. The Eagles traveled to Chapel Hill, N.C., and squared up against the University of Illinois twice and Northwestern University twice. They recorded three losses and one victory over the weekend.
BC’s only win of the tournament came in the form of a 3-2 victory against Northwestern. The Eagles scored all of their runs in the bottom of the third inning. Loren DiEmmanuele’s run opened the scoring. An error by Wildcats pitcher Kenzie Ellis allowed Chloe Sharabba to advance to second after her base hit. DiEmmanuele advanced home, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Annie Murphy’s subsequent double drove Sharabba home to brace BC’s lead. Northwestern replaced Ellis with Nicole Bond, but the Wildcats would still surrender another run before the end of the inning. A wild pitch allowed Murphy to advance home. At the end of the third inning, the Eagles led 3-0. NU cut into the lead in the top of the fourth when Andrea Filler’s double sent Krista Williams home, but the Eagles escaped the inning without more harm. The Wildcats added their second run of the game in the sixth inning, when Sabrina Rabin homered to center. They couldn’t procure that crucial tying run, however, and the Eagles claimed their only victory of the weekend, 3-2.
BC’s 5-1 loss to Illinois was lopsided from the beginning. In the first inning, the Eagles couldn’t handle Allie Bauch’s shot to right field, resulting in a two-run homer and an early lead for the Illini. In the second inning, BC pitcher Jordan Weed’s throwing error allowed Remeny Perez to advance home, giving Illinois a 3-0 lead. Later in that inning, a single from Carly Thomas drove Kylie Johnson home for a 4-0 lead. BC’s only run of the game came in the fourth, when Jordan Chimento homered to left field. The Illini added another run when Thomas hit her own homer in the fifth inning, boosting the lead to 5-1.
The Eagles dropped a close game to Northwestern, 4-3. BC took an early lead after DiEmmanuele scored on an illegal pitch, and Annie Murphy’s double drove in Jessie Daulton and Sharabba in the first. The Wildcats tied it up after their own first inning offensive flurry. Andrea Filler drove in Sabrina Rabin for the first run. Amy Letourneau’s home run sent Filler home, too, tying the score up at three apiece. The second inning ended without either team adding runs, but the Wildcats took the lead in the third. Sharabba’s error allowed Brooke Marquez to advance home and break the tie. Neither team was able to add anything else, and the game ended as a 4-3 victory for Northwestern.
Illinois handed BC its worst loss of the weekend, 9-1. BC opened up scoring in the third with a run from DiEmmanuele. For the rest of the game, it was all Illini, all the time. The Eagles surrendered four runs in the fourth inning, including a bases-loaded walk. Two more runs came in the fifth, giving Illinois a 6-1 lead. Later, Annie Fleming scored on a wild pitch to increase the lead to 7-1. The game’s final runs came after Madison Paulson’s error allowed two Illini to reach home, resulting in the 9-1 final.
Women’s tennis, currently the No. 48 team in the country, split the weekend after a victory over Cornell University and a loss to Syracuse University.
The Eagles barely squeaked past the Big Red, winning 4-3. The two schools split the singles matchups, each winning three. No. 108 Lexi Borr, Emily Safron and Yan-Wi Sweeting claimed victories on the singles courts. The day came down to the doubles matches, in which BC prevailed by winning two out of three courts. The teams of Borr and Urbinati as well as Asiya Dair and Yan-Wi Sweeting defeated their Cornell counterparts to give BC the doubles point and the overall win.
On the other hand, BC suffered a crushing 7-0 defeat at the hands of Syracuse. The Orange swept the singles matches and won two out of the three doubles contests. Dair’s and Sweeting’s doubles victory was the only win for the Eagles on the day.
Fencing won the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Conference title at the tournament this weekend. BC’s 155 points was enough to edge out second-place finisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 145 points. Dartmouth College finished as the top combined team with 83 points.
Men’s Slalom Skiing
Men’s slalom skiing had a competitive showing at the Williams College Carnival this weekend. Dartmouth and the University of Vermont continued their dominant streak, coming in first and second, respectively. BC finished seventh out of 12 teams after tallying 60 points on the weekend.
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