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Softball Team Preview: Eagles Poised to Succeed in the ACC

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Coming off of a strong performance in the 2016 softball season, expectations are pretty high for the Lady Eagles this year. In a season that saw them finish with a record of 30-23 and finish 4th in ACC Play, the Eagles saw strong performances from Jordan Weed, Tatiana Cortez, Taylor Coroneos, and Madison Paulson, all of whom are returning and are expected to be strong team leaders this season. Head coach Ashley Obrest has been able to get steady talent on the Heights, allowing BC to compete in the ACC against much more fair-weathered schools such as Miami, Florida State, and Clemson, amongst others.

In softball, it is crucial to have a good pitching staff, one that will allow the team to be competitive in every game that they play. If Weed can build on her 2.47 ERA from last year, BC may be in a position to finish even better than their fourth place performance last season. Cortez finished her junior season with a batting average of .380 and 14 home runs. She should see an elevation of those numbers this year, with her final collegiate offseason in the books and getting ready to take on her senior year. If the Eagles do happen to have a better season than last year, it may be on the backs of Cortez and Weed, leading them to the NCAA tournament.