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Eagles Win Three, Lose Two in Wildcat Invitational

Getting off to a hot start at its first invitational in Houston last weekend, Boston College softball (6-3) looked to pick up right where it left off as it traveled to Arizona to play in its second invitational of the young season. The Eagles won three games and lost two at the Wildcat Invitational, bringing their record to 6-3 on the season.

The Eagles played University of Arizona (11-0) in the final leg of the invitational on Sunday afternoon. Things were looking up for BC, as it tallied two early runs in the first thanks to an RBI double from Chimento and an RBI single from Murphy. Arizona starter Nancy Bowling recovered from this early falter, however, as these would be the Eagles’ only runs of the contest. The Wildcats responded in the bottom half of the first with a barrage of eight runs on the back of catcher Dejah Mulipola, who tallied a whopping five RBIs in the first inning alone. While this would have been enough, the Wildcats did not stop here as they added one more in the third and three more in the fourth. This pushed the Arizona lead to 12-2 and eventually force the mercy rule, ending the game after four and a half innings.

Earlier on Sunday, the Eagles rediscovered their offensive mojo against Ball State University (3-7). In the first contest against Ball State, BC collected a weekend-high 11 hits and scored six runs. BC, which jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI single from Cortez in the first and a solo shot from Sharabba in the second, fell behind 4-2 after Dreswick walked in a run and allowed two singles for a total of four runs. The Eagles added one of their own in the fifth by virtue of a fielder’s choice by Taylor Coroneos to make the score 4-3. BC set the stage for more late inning dramatics as they headed into the sixth trailing 4-3. Sharabba knocked in a run, her second of the game, to tie the score at four. Then, with two out and two on in the sixth, catcher Jordan Chimento hit a game-winning two-run home run that would prove the difference in the contest.

On Saturday night, the Eagles played their third of five games against Drake (6-4). In another low scoring affair in which the Eagles mustered just one run coming off four hits, Drake’s starter Nicole Newman got the better of them as she shut them out until the sixth inning. Newman also knocked in a run for Drake in the fourth. Additionally, Drake scored in the sixth and seventh innings to tally a total of three runs which proved to be enough to hand the Eagles their first loss of the weekend. BC’s lone run of the night came in the sixth when Tatiana Cortez knocked in Sharabba on an RBI double. BC’s Jordan Weed pitched well, giving up just five hits and striking out seven, but it was not enough to get a win for her team.

The Eagles faced off against North Dakota State (1-5) in a game that had to be rescheduled from Thursday due to rain. In what was truly a pitchers’ duel, BC walked away with a 1-0 win thanks to a second inning RBI single by Taylor Coroneos, scoring Murphy. The Eagles also have pitcher Jessica Dreswick to thank for the win as she hurled a shutout, two-hit gem against the Bison.

The weekend got off to an exciting, dramatic start for the Eagles as they faced off against Abilene Christian University (3-4). After scoring two runs early thanks to a two-run homer by first-baseman Jules Trevino, who finished the game going 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs, the Eagles found themselves stymied offensively. Alongside a run tallied in the first by virtue of a fielding error committed by Sharabba, ACU added two of their own runs in the second and in the fifth thanks to an overall balanced offensive attack. When the top of the seventh rolled around, the Eagles trailed 5-2. Thanks to a huge two-out double by Halle Hixenbaugh (1-for-3, 3 RBI) , BC mounted a last-inning comeback to force extra innings. In the top of the eighth, Sharabba laid a sacrifice bunt, allowing Lexi DiEmmaneuele to advance to third base. DiEmmaneuele eventually scored the winning run.

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BC Edges North Carolina, Notches Second ACC Win

During a snowstorm that caused all classes to be cancelled, Boston College students will now have another reason to rejoice from inside the warmth of their dorms, as women’s basketball held off North Carolina in Chapel Hill Thursday night. The Eagles won by a score of 88-77 to snap their dreary 10-game skid.

BC (9-16, 2-10 Atlantic Coast) jumped out to an early lead behind the sharpshooting of senior Kelly Hughes, who had as many points in the first quarter (11) as the entire Tar Heels (13-11, 2-9) squad. Hughes, who finished the game with a team-high 24 points, shot an electric 7-for-10 from beyond the arc and 8-for-12 overall. She reached yet another career milestone in the second quarter of the contest as she scored her 1,500th career point as an Eagle.

Sophomore Mariella Fasoula added great defense and inside play, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds and a block. Thanks to its strong inside-out game, BC found itself up on the undersized Tar Heels by a score of 41-26 at the half. The Tar Heels started off uncharacteristically cold shooting just 18.2 percent from 3-point range in the first half, compared to 44.4 percent for BC.

Believe it or not, things got even worse for the Tar Heels after the break as the Eagles rained down a storm of three-pointers inside Carmichael Arena. Hughes passed the torch on to freshman Taylor Ortlepp. Ortlepp, who was scoreless in the first half, exploded early in the third quarter hitting four 3-pointers. Ortlepp would ultimately finish with 19 second-half points, four rebounds, and three assists. Senior Emilee Daley also heated up in the second half adding nine points off the bench to the Eagles’ ledger as they expanded their lead to a game-high 23 points in the third.

Heading into the fourth, BC held a 72-52 lead over UNC. The Tar Heels made a late push to close the gap with around seven minutes left in the contest when Stephanie Watts made a key block on Fasoula, which resulted in Jamie Cherry converting the ensuing fastbreak into an and-one to bring the Eagles lead down to just nine points. Cherry, who quietly had a very good game, led all scorers with 31 points as she shot 10-for-20 from the field. While UNC had seemingly begun to turn things around, it was too little too late for the Tar Heels as Hughes brought the lead back up to 15 with a dagger from 3-point range late in the fourth. Paris Kea also had a nice game for the Tar Heels as she scored 22 points and added six rebounds and four steals.

The Eagles finished the game with a stunning 62.5 percent mark from 3-point range—in comparison, the Tar Heels hit just 30 percent of their shots beyond the arc. In addition to some great shooting performances by Hughes and Ortlepp, freshman Emma Guy tallied a double-double off the bench with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Georgia Pineau also added 11 big rebounds for the Eagles.

With an impressive showing by BC in which team defense and stellar shooting from the perimeter proved the difference, the Eagles finally added a much-needed second ACC win to their 2016-17 resume.

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