Virginia Plays at BC in Final Road Series
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia softball team (29-18, 9-5 ACC) will compete in its final road series of the year with three games this weekend at Boston College (14-25, 0-12 ACC). The two teams will play a doubleheader at 12 p.m. Saturday before wrapping up the series at 12 p.m. Sunday.
The Cavaliers, who sit in second place in the conference standings, are one win shy from setting the school record for conference victories in a season. Virginia tied the mark with the 2005 squad, which finished 9-8 in the ACC, after a win last Sunday over NC State. The 2005 team was also the last to win 30 games in a season.
Virginia claimed the series with NC State, two games to one, and has six of its last seven games. The Cavaliers beat Radford 5-2 and 4-2 Wednesday in their final non-conference matchup.
Senior Sarah Tacke is batting .378 for the Cavaliers and leads the team with 10 doubles and 36 RBI, in addition to seven home runs. Nicole Koren hits .317 and lead Virginia with 10 home runs. Alex Skinkis averages .264 and has contributed 17 RBI while four Cavaliers – Alison Pittman (14), Clara Kendall (14), Taylor Williams (11) and Abby Snyder (10) – have stolen at least 10 bases.
Freshman Melanie Mitchell, who earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors on Tuesday, has a 2.75 ERA. She posts 22 wins on the year and has 245 strikeouts in 221 1/3 innings of work.
Boston College was swept last weekend at league leader Georgia Tech. The Eagles rebounded with a doubleheader sweep over cross-town rival Boston University, 5-0 and 2-1, at home on Wednesday.
Renee Ramos leads BC with a .365 batting average and has contributed nine doubles, seven home runs and 17 RBI. Dani Weir hits .252 with seven home runs and a team-best 22 RBI.
Boston College has three pitchers who have seen significant time in the circle, led by Nicole D’Argento’s 98 strikeouts in 100 innings and a squad-best six complete games. D’Argento is 4-9 on the year with a 3.22 ERA. Allison Gage (5-7) and Taylor Payton (5-9) have ERAs of 2.58 and 4.20, respectively.
Boston College leads the all-time series with Virginia. 6-3. The three-game series was rained out in Charlottesville last season; in 2008, the Eagles won the series, three games to one.