May 4, 2008
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Brittany Bessho had 4 RBI and junior Sarah Dooley pitched a two-hit shutout as the University of Maryland softball team defeated Boston College, 8-0 in five innings, to conclude regular season play. The Terps improved to 36-21 and 7-14 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while BC dropped to 31-30 and 7-14 in ACC play.
The Terps jumped out to a lead early when Maryland sophomore Alex Schultz bunt singled before stealing second in the first inning, her eighth of the year. She moved to third on a long fly out by Sarde Stewart to right field and scored on an Allison Gage wild pitch to give the Terps a 1-0 lead.
In the second, Maryland's Kerry Hickey drew a walk to lead off the inning. Freshman Lauren Ghent pinch ran for Hickey and advanced to second on a Meghan Booth sacrifice bunt. Ghent moved to third on a groundout by Devon Williams and scored on Gage's second wild pitch of the day.
In the bottom of the second, BC loaded the bases with no outs, but Maryland starter induced Irene Delagrammaticas to ground into a fielder's choice and struck out Carolyn Jones and Amanda Booth to end the Eagle threat.
Maryland's Niki Lau and Jenny Belak led off the third inning with infield singles before advancing on a Schultz sacrifice fly. Stewart stepped up and hit a ground ball to second base, but Ramos' throw to first was wild, allowing both runners to score. Senior Brittany Bessho rocked her sixth home run of the year to deep right-center field to give the Terps a 6-0 lead.
Dooley loaded the bases in the fourth inning, but again struck out BC's Booth to end another Boston College threat.
In the fifth inning, Bessho singled to score Schultz and pinch runner Krista Gould to give the Terps an 8-0 advantage. Bessho finished with four RBI for the game and now has 31 on the season.
Dooley (16-15) finished with five strikeouts in her seventh shutout of the season. BC starter Gage (18-18) could not replay her performance from Saturday, giving up six runs, five earned in 2 1/3 innings pitched. Taylor Peyton pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief for the Eagles, allowing two runs.
Belak's two hits on the day extended her all-time hits record at Maryland to 217. She stole a base and now has 59 for her career, also a Terp record.
The Terps return to action Thursday in the first day of the ACC softball tournament. Seventh-seeded Maryland will play second-seeded Virginia Tech at 12:30 p.m. For more information on the tournament, visit http://www.theacc.com.
Maryland (36-21) 114 02 8 7 1 Boston College (31-30) 000 00 0 2 1Sarah Dooley and Brittany Bessho; Allison Gage, Taylor Peyton (3) and Amy Tunstall. W - Dooley, 16-15. L - Gage, 18-18.