May 17, 2003
TUCSON--Debralee Troesh came up with a big two-out hit in the top of the seventh to help South Carolina come from behind and stay alive in the loser's bracket of NCAA Region 1 softball with a 5-2 victory over Boston College.
Boston College took the first lead with three consecutive singles by Jacqui Goodchild, Jen Asbury and Cara Blumfield in the bottom of the first.
The Gamecocks tied it in the third, but might have scored more. Meghan Cornett, Kristin Hall and Kim Evans singled, but Cornett was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second. Jodi Fittro then singled in Hall, but Evans was thrown out on the next play trying to score on a roller to the pitcher.
BC's Lisa Fischer doubled down the leftfield line and reached third when the leftfieler let the ball get past her, then scored on Erin Mackey's single up the middle to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead with an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth.
Meghan Cornett singled to lead off the USC seventh, moving to second on a sacrifice by Kim Evans and to third on Stacey Johnson/s single through the left side. Jodi Fittro drew a walk to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Tia Rogers struck out looking. Troesh singled up the middle, driving in two runs, and ended up scoring on the play when throwing errors by the centerfielder and the catcher cleared the bases.
USC Coach Joyce Compton:
"The outcome was what we wanted. Getting there was a little shaky. Deb (Troesh) was kind of shaky at the plate and had been one of our better hitters throughout the year. She came up and had that big at-bat."
USC's Debralee Troesh:
"I'm glad it wasn't my last game. At the end I told myself I wasn't going to let that be my last at-bat. I put it through the middle, in play and got a little home run out of it."
B.C. Coach Jennifer Finley:
"I thought we played well and fought all day until that last pitch when it didn't go our way."
B.C.'s Lisa Fischer:
"We worked hard all weekend. We played with our heads up, looking to go all the way. We just had to get through that inning, since we had another at-bat with the meat of our lineup coming up."