Cavaliers Visit Boston College This Weekend
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia softball team (16-12, 3-3 ACC) visits Boston College for a three-game series this weekend in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Cavaliers face the Eagles in a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday before concluding the series at 1 p.m. Sunday. Live statistics for all three games will be available at VirginiaSports.com.
The Cavaliers are looking to halt a seven-game losing skid after being swept by then-No. 23 Florida State last weekend at home. Senior Kennedy Byxbee (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) is hitting .333 for Virginia while junior Alex Skinkis (La Palma, Calif.) bats .295 on the year. Sophomore Marcy Bowdren (Fairfax Station, Va.) paces the offense with 21 RBI and is tied for the team lead with five home runs.
In the circle, junior Melanie Mitchell (White Plains, Md.) is 10-7 on the season with a 1.73 ERA. She has struck out 137 batters in 105 innings of work. Freshman Rachel Gillen (Wilmington, Del.) is 5-4 with a 3.09 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 63.1 innings.
Boston College is 18-10 and 0-3 in the ACC after being swept at Georgia Tech last weekend to open conference play. Following its series with the Yellow Jackets, BC rebounded to sweep Dartmouth in a Wednesday doubleheader by scores of 2-1 and 11-0. The meeting with the Cavaliers will be the first conference series at home for the Eagles this season.
Senior Brittany Wilkins leads Boston College at the plate with a .387 and 20 RBI while junior Nicole D’Argento is hitting .348 with 20 RBI and five home runs. The Eagles have some depth on the mound with D’Argento (8-6, 3.03 ERA), sophomore Amanda Horowitz (7-4, 4.10 ERA) and senior Morgan Kidd (2-0, 1.16 ERA).
The Eagles lead the all-time series with UVa, 9-6. Last year in Charlottesville, Boston College earned the three-game sweep by scores of 9-3, 11-3 and 7-6.