May 3, 2008
CHESNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College used a three-run fourth inning to defeat the University of Maryland softball team in the second game of a doubleheader, 3-1, on a cold, rainy Saturday afternoon. In the first game, Boston College used two home runs and a complete game performance from starter Allison Gage to defeat the Terps, 5-2. The Terps drop to 35-21 on the season and 6-14 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while the Eagles improve to 31-29 and 7-13 in ACC play.
In the ACC softball tournament starting May 8 at Robert E. Taylor Stadium, the Terps will be the seventh seed and face second-seeded Virginia Tech Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
In the bottom of the fourth of the second game, Boston College's Taylor Peyton doubled before Renee Ramos hit her 10th home run of the season to center field to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, Gemma Ypparila hit her second home run of the day just over the left-field foul pole to extend the lead to three.
In the top of the fifth, senior Meghan Booth singled and stole second before moving to third on a Devon Williams single. Pinch hitter Julie Lofland hit a sacrifice fly to score Booth to put the Terps on the board.
Maryland starter Lindsey Wright (6-3) struck out a season-high nine in her sixth complete game of the season. Gage (18-17) struck out two in her second complete game of the day.
In the bottom of the third of the first game, BC's Carley McNary singled down the left field line and stole second base before Taylor Peyton and Renee Ramos drew walks to load the bases. McNary then scored on a Dani Weir RBI groundout to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Ypparila followed with a three-run home run to right-center field off Maryland starter Sarah Dooley to extend the lead to four.
In the top of the fifth inning, Maryland freshman Kerry Hickey hit a solo home run over the left-field fence break Gage's bid for a no-hitter. It was Hickey's fourth home run of the year and first since March 15.
BC scored one more in the fifth when Weir hit her eighth home run of the season to left-center field.
The Terps threatened in the seventh when senior Brittany Bessho hit her 13th double of the season, tying her for fifth most in a single season Terp history. Bessho scored on a Meghan Booth infield single, but Gage induced Devon Williams to groundout to end the game.
Dooley (15-15) finished with seven strikeouts in six innings pitched for her 15th complete game of the year and now has 172 strikeouts on the season, the sixth most in a single season in Maryland history. Gage struck out six in seven innings pitched for the win.
Booth finished with two hits, one RBI and a run scored on the day for the Terps. Senior Jenny Belak stole a base to extend her career record at Maryland for stolen bases to 58.
The Terps conclude their regular season against the Eagles Sunday with the scheduled first pitch at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WMUCsports.com.
Maryland 000 010 1 2 3 1 Boston College 004 010 X 5 6 1Sarah Dooley and Brittany Bessho; Allison Gage and Amy Tunstall. W - Gage, 17-17. L - Dooley, 15-15. HR - Kerry Hickey (4), Gemma Ypparila (2), Dani Weir (8).
Maryland (35-21) 000 010 0 1 4 0 Boston College (31-29) 000 300 X 3 6 0Lindsey Wright and Brittany Bessho; Allison Gage and Amy Tunstall. W - Gage, 18-17. L - Wright, 6-3. HR - Renee Ramos (10), Gemma Ypparila (3).