The Boston College baseball team won three of their five games this week, but again struggled in weekend ACC play against the No. 25 Duke Blue Devils. The Eagles have only won one conference series the entire season, all the way back in March against Florida State. With only two weeks remaining before the conference tournament begins, BC will need to pick up momentum and go on a winning streak.
The Eagles were victorious on Tuesday afternoon against UMass-Lowell, winning by a final score of 6-5. The game was hard fought throughout, but six runs in the final three innings were the difference for BC.
Third baseman Jake Alu was the star for the Eagles, going 4-for-4 with a walk and a run ensuing from a sac fly by Jack Cunningham for the team’s first of the night. Additionally, left fielder Chris Galland took sole possession of fifth place on BC’s all-time stolen base list with the 43rd of his career.
Getting the wins they should
The next game was also a win for the Eagles, as they dismantled Bryant 10-5 on Wednesday. After allowing two runs in the first inning, starting pitcher Joey Walsh managed to regain his composure and pitch another solid 2 and 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run. Galland again put up big numbers, driving in four runs, a career-high, on three hits. BC scored 10 runs or more for the ninth time this season, with a record of 8-1 in those games.
Not doing enough
The weekend series against Duke started off well, with the Eagles winning 5-0 on the back of a great performance from pitcher Dan Metzdorf. The senior went 8 and 1/3 innings while striking out nine in undoubtedly his best performance of the season.
The Saturday doubleheader was problematic for BC, as they lost both games in which they were outscored 12-1. The first matchup, a 4-1 defeat, was freshman pitcher Mason Pelio’s second consecutive loss, bringing his record to 4-3 on the year. The Eagles outhit the Blue Devils 5-3, but committed three errors in the top of the first inning and could not mount a comeback.
Game two was an 8-0 blowout as the Eagles’ record dropped to 22-24 and 8-16 in the ACC. Three runs in both the sixth and eighth innings were the back-breakers, despite a decent offensive showing in which the team totaled eight hits.
The Eagles travel to take on Rhode Island on Apr. 30 before hosting Harvard on May 1.
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