By Stacey Kilpatrick
CHESTNUT Hill, MA – The Boston College softball team succumbed to No. 1 ACC squad Georgia Tech in a doubleheader on Saturday at Boston College’s Shea Softball Field.
The Eagles [14-29, 5-12] led the Yellow Jackets [41-8, 15-1] in game one, but never in game two, and ultimately lost, 2-1 and 11-2.
“Coming into this [series], obviously we were facing the number one team in the conference, so we had our work cut out for us,” said Jill Karwoski, Boston College associate head coach. “And we showed up with intensity and we put the ball in play the first game and scored first.”
In game one, junior Lizzy Ploen scored the Eagles’ lone run against Georgia Tech’s senior pitcher Kristen Adkins [7.0 innings, 1 hit, 5 walks, 5 strikeouts]. In the bottom of the second inning, Ploen made it home from second base off sophomore Maria Pandolfo’s double into left field.
“First game was a lot better than the second game,” Boston College head coach Jennifer Finley said.
“First game we came out hard – it could have been anybody’s ball game. Yes, [Georgia Tech] out hit us, but I think we played very good defense [and] had solid pitching.”
But the Yellow Jackets came back with two runs to win game one.
In the fourth inning, against Eagle senior pitcher Allison Gage [6.1 innings, 10 hits, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts), sophomore Kelly Delashmit, pinch running for senior Kristine Priebe, tied it 1-all on freshman Alysha Rudnik’s sacrifice fly deep into left.
Two innings later, the Yellow Jackets took the 2-1 lead when Priebe hit her 13th home run of the season.
“A one-run ball game against the number one team in the [ACC] conference, you know not too shabby,” Finley said.
Game two saw Georgia Tech out hit Boston College, 11-3 and out score them, 11-2 through a five-inning game.
Freshman pitcher Lindsey Anderson [5 innings, 3 hits, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts] was on the mound the entire game for Georgia Tech, while Boston College had three pitching changes between freshman Amanda Horowitz, junior Morgan Kidd and sophomore Nicole D’Argento.
“We put Amanda in just trying to keep the momentum away from Georgia Tech. That was really the objective of making so many pitching changes,” said Karwoski.
“We expected pitchers to come out and set the tone. That didn’t happen today,” Finley said. “And I think we played sloppy defense in the second game. Hit the ball a little bit better in the second game, but didn’t matter with how many runs [Georgia Tech] scored.”
Georgia Tech got on board in the top of the second inning, scoring six runs against Horowitz [1.2 innings, 4 hits and 5 earned run] and Kidd [1.2 innings, 3 hits and 2 earned runs].
Against Horozwitz, sophomore Caitlin Jordan smacked a home run that landed in the football practice facility, brining in junior Kate Kuzma from second. Freshman Ashley Thomas then banged a triple into center scoring Rudnik and junior Danielle Dike, putting the Yellow Jackets up 4-0.
Horowitz was relieved on the mound by Kidd, but the junior got bases loaded with two outs.
Kuzma had a two-run single into right field, bringing home Thomas and junior Kelsi Weseman, adding Georgia Tech’s fifth and sixth runs.
Boston College freshman Tory Speer broke Georgia Tech’s momentum as she blasted a home run into left, her eighth of the season, putting the Eagles on the board in the bottom of the second. Then freshman Nicole Koszowski made it 6-2, scoring from second when senior Alison Kooistra bolted a double, hitting against the left field wall.
In the fourth inning, Georgia Tech nabbed four more runs against Kidd and D’Argento.
Weseman had a RBI double and scored senior Christy Jones and Thomas.
Then D’Argento [1.2 innings, 4 hits and 2 runs] moved from first base to replace Kidd on the mound, and Boston College freshman Bree Tanke took position at first.
Kuzma nabbed her second RBI double, bringing home Weseman from second. Boston College freshman Alana Dimaso fumbled the ball at short shop, unable to get Weseman out. Kuzma then scored from Jordan’s RBI single into right field, putting the Yellow Jackets up 10-2.
Georgia Tech’s final run was scored in the top of the fifth against D’Argento. Thomas had a deep double into center, scoring Delashmit from second.
“We just got to come out and be aggressive tomorrow and get all aspects of the game going,” Finley said regarding the team’s final game on Sunday.
“If pitching comes out and sets the tone and we have aggressive defense it’s going to take a lot of pressure off our backs,” Finley continued.
“Tomorrow will be nice to come out on senior day and take the number one team in the conference,” said Karwoski.
Boston College and Georgia Tech will play their third and final game of the series on Sunday at 12:00pm eastern.