The Boston College baseball team struggled mightily this past week, losing four of its five games, including the semifinals of the Beanpot against UMass. However, the Eagles were able to steal a game from No.1 NC State, their third win in their previous six conference games. While this season has been difficult to say the least, recent outcomes in the ACC have been a bright spot for BC.
The 6-2 loss to UMass on Tuesday came down to one bad inning in which the Eagles gave up three runs. The fifth was disastrous for BC, as reliever Will Hesslink loaded the bases, hit a batter, then allowed a two-run single, all with two outs. Freshman pitcher Travis Lane started his first game of the season and contributed four solid innings during which he allowed two runs on two hits and five walks. Offensively, freshman outfielder Sal Frelick continued his hot start for the Eagles, going 1-for-3 from the plate with a walk and a run.
The next day saw BC lose to Hartford in a heartbreaking fashion by a final score of 7-4. The Eagles got down early, as starter Jack Nelson allowed three runs in the first. They were able to battle back, however, scoring a run in each of the next three innings to even the score going into the fifth. This tie was short-lived, as two extra-base hits off of Joe Mancini gave the Hawks the lead again which they would not relinquish.
B8 – @BCBirdBall freshman 2B Cody Morrissette doubles, then with 2 outs fellow freshman Ramon Jimenez skies one to right that drops and we’re tied at 3 pic.twitter.com/CC9rN3AhyO
— Stu Murray (@Stu_Murray1) April 5, 2019
After a sixth-inning double padded Hartford’s lead, freshman DH Ramon Jimenez homered to cut the deficit to one. Despite the valiant comeback, a two-run single in the ninth for the Hawks ended the scoring, and the Eagles lost the game. Sophomore Chris Galland played well despite his early season struggles, going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, his eighth multi-hit game of the year.
Finally, the weekend series against NC State was extremely frustrating, considering how well BC played. The Friday night game was a real backbreaker as the ninth began with the score tied at three, but three runs for the Wolfpack and only two for the Eagles decided the outcome at 6-5.
Saturday’s game was a rout, with BC going down 16-4. A six-run sixth inning was the deciding factor in what was the Eagles’ second-worst loss of the season.
The team was able to find some redemption on Sunday however, securing a 3-1 win to avoid the sweep. Freshman pitcher Mason Pelio was masterful yet again, going 7.2 innings while striking out seven and allowing one run on two hits in the no-decision.
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