2007 ACC Softball Championship: No. 7 Boston College Upsets No. 2 NC State, 2-0
May 10, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Seventh-seeded Boston College (15-29) posted two early runs en route to upsetting No. 2 seed NC State (41-18), 2-0, in the second game of the 2007 ACC Softball Tournament Thursday afternoon at JoAnne Graf Field on the campus of the Florida State University. The Wolfpack's hope of capturing its second ACC title in as many years took a big hit in a two-hour defensive showing by the Eagles.
The win marked the Eagles' first-ever ACC Tournament victory as the squad went 0-2 in 2006.
"I felt like the team played really hard and was focused and ready for today," said Boston College head coach Jennifer Finley. "It was a total team effort and a very big win for this program."
The last time a No. 7 seed defeated the No. 2 seed was in 2005, when the Virginia Tech Hokies beat Florida State 3-2 in 14 innings, the longest game in ACC Tournament history.
Designated hitter Amy Tunstall started the bats early for the Eagles in game two of the four-day tournament with a single to third base in the top of the first. Teammate and shortstop Jenna Macchi doubled down the left field line, advancing Angela Pandolfo, who pinch ran for Tunstall, to third. Second baseman Renee Ramos then opened the scoring drive for the Eagles with runs from both Macchi and Pandolfo.
In the double RBI effort, Ramos picked up her 24th and 25th of the season and 47th and 48th of the sophomore's career.
Following the first inning, the crowd witnessed six scoreless innings, a broken aluminum bat and 12 ACC runners left on base.
Boston College pitcher Britney Thompson earned her sixth win of the season (6-10), throwing for a full seven innings of action and allowing seven hits. The senior faced 28 batters on the day.
For the Wolfpack, senior pitcher and 2007 ACC Player of the Year Abbie Sims picked up only her sixth loss of the season (26-6), allowing five hits and two runs after facing 32 batters.
Before the contest, NC State led the all-time series between the two programs, 7-0. However, the Eagles claimed revenge with the 2-0 win in the first round tournament action after dropping a three-game league stand earlier in the season in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
With the victory, Boston College advances to face No. 3 seed Georgia Tech, which defeated sixth-seeded Maryland earlier in the day, Friday at 12:30 p.m. With the loss, the Wolfpack will face the Maryland Terrapins in an elimination game tonight at 8:00 p.m.