May 8, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team was eliminated from the Atlantic Coast Conference championship Thursday, falling to Boston College 7-4. The Terps dropped to 36-23, while BC improved to 32-31.
In the third inning, Maryland's Devon Williams singled to lead off the inning before Niki Lau reached on a fielder's choice. After a sacrifice bunt by Jenny Belak, Sarde Stewart drove home Williams on a sacrifice fly to left field. Senior Brittany Bessho followed with a double down the left-field line to score Lau and Schultz to give the Terps a 3-0 lead.
The Eagles responded with three of their own in the bottom of the third when Alex Schultz misplayed a ball hit by Dani Weir with the bases loaded that allowed all three runners to score.
In the fourth, BC's Amanda Booth tripled to right field to score Taylor Peyton to give the Eagles a 4-3 advantage. After Carolyn Jones reached on a fielder's choice that scored Booth, Amy Tunstall hit her fifth home run of the season over the left-field fence to give BC a 7-3 lead.
BC's Allison Gage (19-19) came onto pitch in the fourth inning and allowed one hit in four innings pitched to earn the victory. BC starter Peyton allowed three runs in three innings. Maryland starter Sarah Dooley (16-17) allowed seven runs, five earned in the loss. Lindsey Wright pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief for the Terps.
Maryland (36-23) 003 000 0 3 4 1 Boston College (32-31) 003 400 X 7 6 1Sarah Dooley, Lindsey Wright (4) and Brittany Bessho; Taylor Peyton, Allison Gage (4) and Amy Tunstall. W - Gage, 19-19. L - Dooley 16-17. HR - Tunstall (5).