The Boston College softball team romped to a 5-0 record this weekend at the Black and Orange Challenge in Macon, Ga., handling Mercer (twice), Fordham (twice) and Iowa State to win the tournament trophy.
With the wins on the weekend, the Eagles have now won 7 consecutive games, and have improved their record to 12-8 overall. BC is looking to build off back to back winning seasons after struggling mightily for most of their initial existence in the ACC.
Freshman Loren DiEmanuele starred for BC in Sunday's tournament clinching 7-1 win over Mercer, going 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored. The first year player is hitting .348 on the young season, with 11 hits in her last 7 games.
The Eagles' weekend started with a doubleheader sweep over Fordham and Mercer on Friday. BC blanked Fordham 9-0 in the opener, on the strength of shutout pitching by Jessica Dreswick (3-3) and Jordan Weed. In the evening game, Allyson Frei, who was arguably BC's top pitcher last season, picked up her 6th win of the year as BC cruised past Mercer 8-3.
After blitzing Iowa State 10-1 in the early game on Saturday, BC faced their stiffest test of the weekend in their rematch against Fordham, edging out a 5-4 victory. With BC up 2-0, Dreswick got roughed up a bit in a tough 4th inning, giving up 4 runs. BC rallied for 3 in the next two innings to retake the lead, and Frei came in out of the 'pen for four shutout innings to post the W.
While their opponents weren't necessarily anything to write home about, it was good for BC to put some wins on the board. The Eagles now prepare for a spring break swing through Georgia, taking on Georgia, Georgia State and Kennewsaw State Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before opening ACC play this coming weekend at Georgia Tech.