I have to admit at 0-6 in conference, having lost 10 straight including midweek games to Florida International (14-6), Florida Atlantic (13-4) and even Holy Cross (3-1), I had more or less given up on Boston College baseball putting together any sort of a decent season. So what does Birdball do but win two of three in the ACC home opener against 14th ranked Georgia Tech.
The Eagles split a doubleheader on Saturday -- 4-3 and 1-2 -- after taking the first game of the series, 15-7 on Friday afternoon. The BC bats came alive in the Friday win, recording three doubles and four home runs for the first time since a 23-2 win over Wake Forest back in 2009.
On Friday, Sophomore RHP Eric Stevens (3-1) tied a career high with seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched. He allowed 10 hits, seven runs, six earned, and only walked one in his third win of the season.
In the second game of the series, senior LHP Nate Bayuk (1-1) tallied his first win of the season, pitching 1.1 innings. He did not allow a hit, run or walk and struck out two keep the Jackets at bay. Junior right-handed starter Hunter Gordon pitched 7.2 innings, allowed seven hits, three runs, two walks and struck out five.
Junior righty Taylor Lasko (0-2) shouldered the loss in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, pitching the first four innings and issuing four hits, two runs, one walk and getting two strikeouts. Nick Poore, Kyle Prohovich, Matt Alvarez kept the Jackets scoreless for the rest of the game, giving up only two hits, but it ultimately wasn't enough as the Eagles bats fell silent in the third game.
The two wins improve Boston College to 9-13 overall and 2-7 in ACC play. BC is tied with Maryland for 5th in the Atlantic Division standings, six games back of first place Florida State (8-1).
The Eagles return to action tomorrow afternoon at Northeastern (3 PM), followed by home games against Bryant (Wednesday 3 PM) and a three-game ACC series against Maryland.