By Stacey Kilpatrick
CHESTNUT HILL, MA – A great upset against No. 1 ACC Georgia Tech almost happened for the Boston College softball team on Sunday at Shea Field during their final game of the three-game series, but the Yellow Jackets [42-8, 16-1] rallied back with a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to beat the Eagles [14-30, 5-13], 9-7.
Eagles senior pitcher Allison Gage started the afternoon, but only pitched 1.1 innings and allowed four runs, four hits and one walk, before sophomore Nicole D’Argento [3-2] took over. D’Argento pitched 5.2 innings, struck out three batters and allowed five runs on five hits.
For the Yellow Jackets, sophomore Hope Rush [12-3] earned the win, as well as struck out three batters in five innings. Rush also allowed seven runs on eight hits, walked three and finished the game with seven errors.
Freshman Lindsey Anderson [11-0], who won Saturday’s second game for Georgia Tech, earned a save during the final two innings. She struck out three batters, but allowed two hits and a walk.
Georgia Tech jumped out to a two-run lead in the top of the first inning when junior Kelsi Weseman hit a home run over the center field wall. Yet, Boston College rallied and took a three-run lead in the bottom of the first.
D’Argento hit a lead-off home run, her 11th of the season, and Junior Ali Lynette-Krech hit an RBI double into center field that brought home freshman Tory Speer to tie the game.
Then sophomore Maria Pandolfo banged one out of the park and brought home senior Gemma Ypparila and Lynette-Krech, making it 5-2 in favor of the Eagles.
In the top of the second inning, Georgia Tech earned two more runs against Gage, making it a one-run game.
Senior Jessica Weaver recorded the Yellow Jacket’s third run when freshman Hayley Downs hit a double into right center field. Downs was then brought home by senior Christy Jones’ single.
The Yellow Jackets tied the game in the top of the third and then took a three-run advantage in the top of the fifth inning when Weaver blasted a three-run home run, scoring freshman Alysha Rudnik and sophomore Caitlin Jordan.
Boston College came back in the bottom of the fifth inning, making it once again a one-run game against Rush. Junior Brittany Wilkins earned a lead-off walk, and Speer, following Saturday’s home run, earned her ninth of the season as she hammered one far into center field for a two-run score.
But, Georgia Tech had more scoring in them, as freshman Ashley Thomas earned the Yellow Jacket’s ninth run when senior Kristine Priebe hit a sacrifice fly into right field. Thomas singled into right on a full count, stole second on a wild D’Argento pitch and then advanced to third while Weseman walked to first after a late ball call.
Boston College loaded the bases during their final offensive series, but a grounder to first by Speer ended the inning. The Eagles then struck out in the seventh inning to officially end the game against the Yellow Jackets.
The Eagles outhit Georgia Tech 10-9, but also recorded five errors.
Boston College will head to UMass on Wednesday for a doubleheader and then will close out their regular season at home against Boston University on Thursday.
Georgia Tech will wrap up their regular season next weekend against Florida State with a doubleheader on Saturday and one game on Sunday.