Softball Outlasts BC, 8-7 in Nine
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. A two-out rally in the top of the ninth pushed NC State past Boston College, 8-7, in the second of two games on Saturday, April 25 at Shea Field. The win moves the Pack to 22-24 (5-13 ACC), while the Eagles stumble to 17-28 (3-12 ACC).
Lindsay Campana (12-10) picked up her second win of the day in the circle just hours after no-hitting BC in the first game of the afternoon. Campana, who entered the game in the bottom of the third, tossed 6.2 innings after Mendy McKenzie started the game on the bump.
Taylor Peyton (10-12) was hit with the loss.
Nearby Carlisle, Mass. native Eliza Jacobellis put up three hits and two RBIs and started the game-winning rally with a double in the top of the ninth. Alyssa Ishibashi and Lauren Peters each added three hits of their own.
NC State took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Ishibashi dropped a base hit inside the line in right field and Peters followed with a beautiful bunt single right in front of the plate. Ishibashi later came around to score on a Bridget Desbois base hit into left field.
The Pack added two more runs in the top of the second, pushing its lead to 3-0. Claudia Cooper clubbed her third home run of the season, a solo shot near dead-center, to lead off the frame. Bethaney Wells followed with a walk, later scoring when Ishibashi cracked a double to left.
A three-run top of the third moved the score to 6-0. Alyssa Allbritten took first on a wild pitch despite striking out, and Kristine Bechtholdt and Claudia Cooper walked to load the bases. A pitch then hit Wells to bring in a run, and Jacobellis brought in two more runs by mashing a double off the bottom of the wall in left-center.
After getting no-hit by Campana in the first game of the doubleheader, the Eagles got their first hit of the day in the bottom of the third inning. McKenzie issued two walks before Brittany Wilkins stroked a three-run shot over the wall in left. Amy Tunstall then trimmed the score to 6-4 with a base hit into center.
With that, Wolfpack head coach Lisa Navas removed McKenzie and handed the ball to Campana who retired the first two batters she faced to end the inning.
A costly two-out error aided BC in cutting the score to 6-5 in the bottom of the fourth. Dani Weir singled up the middle following a miscue at short, shrinking the Pack’s lead to a single run.
The Eagles had runners on the corners with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but Lizzy Ploen got caught snoozing at third and was caught in a run down, eventually getting tagged out at the plate by Allbritten.
State added an insurance run in the top of the sixth on a Bechtholdt sac-fly to the warning track in center.
The Pack was one out away from leaving with its second victory of the day when Alison Kooistra belted a game-tying two-run shot to left-center, pushing the game into extra innings.
Jacobellis, however, got the rally underway in the top of the ninth with a two-out double down the right field line. Ishibashi then knocked her in with a bloop single into shallow center.