The Boston College softball team finished up its season on a high note against Pitt on Sunday, following a double header Saturday. The Eagles dropped the final game of the three-game series, but with a stellar performance in the double-header on Saturday, winning 5-2 and 7-3, they took the series.
The Eagles have had an above average season. With an overall 30-22 record and ACC 12-9 record, they sit at No.4 in the conference.
Last weekend, the Eagles swept the Syracuse Orange to win their second straight series. Game 1 saw a season high of 12 runs and 18 hits. The Eagles are on a hot streak, winning four straight games and seven of their last eight.
Hot and cold flashes are a pattern this season. The Eagles have long streaks of both wins and losses that combine for a .577 success rate. They suffered a six-game losing streak in February, but recovered with a streak of seven wins in early February and early March. The team’s recent positive results can be attributed to two major factors: solid hitting and nearly unstoppable pitching.
Pitchers Jessica Dreswick and Allyson Frei are ranked in the ACC top 5 in ERA and strikeouts, respectively; Dreswick is ranked fourth with a 2.19 ERA and Frei is ranked third with 173 strikeouts. Frei earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors this week and Dreswick earned the honor last week.
Frei has thrown 20.1 consecutive scoreless innings in ACC play, striking out 26 and allowing only six hits in that span. In a press conference last weekend, Head Coach Ashley Obrest credited much of the team's success to the stellar job by the pitching staff. Looking forward, she hopes the team keeps its high level of play. “If our pitchers keep throwing the ball the way they do, we’re going to be in good shape,” said Obrest.
The Eagles' current batting average of .289 would be a school record if they can maintain it. Offensively, the team has been in a surge. “There is a sense of urgency. They're just going out there and swinging at good pitches,” said Obrest.
Jessie Daulton and Tatiana Cortez have been instrumental in the team's success at the plate, hitting .471 and .413 respectively against the ACC. Daulton's 62 hits are two shy of setting the Boston College single-season record for hits; as of May 5 she is fifth in the ACC in hits, while her .381 overall batting average is ninth.
Cortez holds a 15-game hit streak, the longest of the season. As of May 5, she ranks fourth in slugging percentage (.756), fifth in doubles (12), ninth in home runs (12), and ninth in on base percentage (.478) in the ACC. She is making her mark in the record books. Her 33 career home runs are fourth overall and just nine short of the record. Her current season SLG percentage of .770 would rank first all-time if it holds. Cortez is also four doubles shy of setting the single-season mark.
Coming into yesterday's matchup, Obrest noted the importance of the weekend, “It’s a big weekend, seeding wise. If we keep playing as we’ve been playing these last few weekend's we’ll be ok.”
This series was the last of the season at home and the last before the ACC tournament begins. After going 2-1 this weekend, BC now leads Pitt all-time series 14-4.
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