softball-d1 flag

Ryan Cooper | NCAA.com | May 2, 2017

Tatiana Cortez of Boston College has magical senior day

  It was a storybook afternoon on Sunday for Boston College senior Tatiana Cortez.

There are amazing days on the softball diamond, and then there's the senior day that Boston College third baseman Tatiana Cortez enjoyed on Sunday.

The day started bittersweet for Cortez, whose father, Ronny, was unable to attend the pregame family festivities due to a serious injury suffered two months ago. Ronny, a 24-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, was instead represented by over 100 fellow police officers, who came out to support Cortez and the team.

What's more, the Eagles dubbed the contest against NC State "Back the Blue Day" to honor Mr. Cortez as he recovered from his injuries sustained while investigating a burglary.

"It was kind of comforting to know that all these people have my back even though my dad can't be here, obviously," Tatiana Cortez told NBC Boston after the game. "But I know he's watching somewhere."

"I want to thank every officer," Tatiana's mother Sheri said. "The blue family is long, and we feel it."

After that emotional beginning, Boston College found itself in a tough spot down 6-1 in the middle of the fourth. But drawing some of the strength and courage from first responders like Ronny Cortez, the Eagles clawed back.

A run in the bottom of the fourth made it a four-run game, before a one-out single brought Cortez to the plate. Sure enough, the senior delivered, blasting a two-run homer to cut the deficit to 6-4.

But the storybook day was just beginning.

Cortez was followed up by catcher Jordan Chimento, who made it back-to-back homers and a one-run game.

Still trailing 6-5 in the seventh, Chloe Sharabba led off with a single to bring the winning run to the plate. That runner, of course, was Cortez.

And she delivered, blasting an opposite-field homer over the wall in right-center, sending Shea Field into a state of delirium.

"I started crying, but it was more of like a happy cry," Cortez said to NBC Boston.

"It felt amazing. Also for it to be Back the Blue Day, it felt awesome."

We've seen some pretty remarkable storylines through the years, but a two-homer game, including the walk-off, with that much emotion surrounding your final home game? Cortez just might have had the most incredible day we've ever witnessed. 

Thank you to NBC Boston for sharing this great story. 

(h/t BC Interruption)

2019 NCAA women's lacrosse championship: 5 reasons Maryland-BC is a great matchup

The 2019 NCAA Division I women's lacrosse championship pits Maryland against Boston College on Sunday, March 26 in Baltimore, Maryland. The tournament champion will be crowned after a Sunday battle between two teams that have had their sights on the title all season.
READ MORE

Maryland women's lacrosse beats Boston College to win 2019 national championship

The Maryland Terrapins won their 14th national championship with a 12-10 win over Boston College Sunday.
READ MORE

NCAA women's lacrosse championship: Full statistical breakdown and preview of semifinals

In the NCAA Division I women's lacrosse tournament, the four top seeds entering the tournament are the four that make up the semifinals with Maryland, Boston College, North Carolina and Northwestern vying for the title.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners