Fresh off of taking three out of four in Houston last weekend, the Eagles traveled to Arizona this weekend where they took on Abilene Christian and North Dakota State on Friday, Drake on Saturday, and Ball State and Arizona on Sunday.
The Eagles managed to come away with another three wins, making the team’s record through 9 games 6-3, a very respectable mark.
During Friday’s games against Abilene Christian and North Dakota State, which were both wins, the Eagles showed real fight and grit in order to grind out two wins. Against ACU, the Eagles went up to the plate in the top half of the seventh down three runs, and were able to get all three back thanks to Halle Hixenbaugh’s three RBI double before ultimately winning the game in 8 innings.
Against North Dakota State, the Eagles won a low scoring affair 1-0, thanks to a brilliant pitching performance by Jessica Dreswick, who threw seven innings of two hit softball to overcome a day in which the Eagles’ bats were cold.
The Eagles lost their only game on Saturday, to Drake by a score of 3-1. While Jordan Weed proved difficult to hit, allowing only two earned runs over seven innings with six strikeouts. However, she walked six batters, and those control issues came back to plague BC. Of course, if the offense had been able to drive in a couple more of those eight runners left on base, then the Eagles might have come away with a win.
Sunday’s opener against Ball State was an opportunity for the whole team to shine in a thorough 6-4 win. Jessica Dreswick struggled at the beginning of the game before handing the ball off to Kendra Freidt who ultimately earned the win and threw two innings of flawless relief. BC went down 4-2, before clawing back with one run in the fifth inning and three in the sixth, highlighted by a two run home run by Jordan Chimento.
In the weekend finale, the Eagles took on the host University of Arizona who was ranked number 10 in the country. BC has played very well to start the season, but are not amongst the nation’s elite, losing 12-2 and getting mercy ruled in five innings.
All in all, it was another strong weekend for the Eagles and they will look to continue it against Arizona State on Monday, and then next weekend in the Florida Gulf Coast tournament.