Boston College Daily Links: Play Ball

Daily links for Friday, February 14, 2014

Good morning, Eagles. While many of us have our doubts about the baseball team's ability to bounce back from last year's horrendous season, the fact that baseball is being played today is a nice sign of the waning of winter. Boston College's baseball and softball teams both play their season openers today.

Meanwhile, the men's hockey team looks to continue their torrid pace and close in on another trophy this weekend, facing a tough series against Vermont - starting with a game tonight at the Gutt.

The basketball team is in the aftermath of yet another crushing loss, while the women's basketball team was simply bowled over by Notre Dame last night. And for football, spring practice is near.

To the links:

Baseball Looks to Use Depth and Versatility for 2014 Postseason Run (BCEagles.com)

The Boston College baseball team begins its 2014 season in a unique place - California. The Eagles, who look to rebound from a 12-40 (4-25 ACC) 2013 season, will head to the Golden State for only the second time in program history.

First-year head coach Jay Johnson takes the Pack to Santa Clara to begin season (University of Nevada Baseball)

First-year head coach Jay Johnson returns 17 letterwinners from last years squad that went 25-32 overall and 11-19 in the MW. The 17 returners will be joined by 13 newcomers.

Softball Opens 2014 Season at Ragin' Cajun Invitational (BCEagles.com)

The Boston College softball team will start the 2014 season with the Ragin' Cajun Invitational hosted by Louisiana Lafayette. The Eagles will play a double header on Friday against Central Arkansas and Memphis, and again on Saturday against Memphis and Valparaiso, before finishing the tournament with a single game against Michigan on Sunday.

Men's Hockey Ventures to No. 14 Vermont (BCEagles.com)

Boston College and Vermont meet for the first time this season after becoming acquaintances last season, playing five games in all. The Eagles and Catamounts met in the Hockey East quarterfinals at Kelley Rink last year with BC taking the two-game sweep, 4-2 and 4-1.

#14 Men's Hockey Hosts Top-Ranked Boston College for Pair at Gutterson (Vermont Catamount Athletics)

The 14th-ranked Vermont men's hockey team returns home to Gutterson Fieldhouse tonight for the first time since Jan. 4 as it hosts top-ranked Boston College. Both games of the pivotal two-game Hockey East series on Friday (Feb. 14) and Saturday (Feb. 15) are sold out. Pre-game radio coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. both nights on WVMT 620-AM and Sportsjuice.com with Alastair Ingram on the call. Live high definition video is also available for free via CatamounTV.com.

Previewing the Vermont Catamounts (The Boston College Hockey Blog)

It's not too often you have an opportunity to win a pair of trophies in a matter of six days but that's what the Eagles have in front of them this weekend as they travel up to Burlington for a weekend series with the Vermont Catamounts. With two victories, BC would clinch their second Hockey East regular season title in three years.

Handicapping the Hobey (College Hockey News)

Since BC coach Jerry York put Hayes next to Gaudreau and Arnold, the trio has been a dominant force like few others college hockey has seen. In 15 games together, the group has combined for 30 goals and 54 assists. Gaudreau certainly benefits from some gifted linemates, but he wasn't exactly hurting to score before York made this decision. He's a great college hockey player in every sense of the phrase. The other players on this list are talented, but this award will be Gaudreau's.

Eagles in the Olympics - Feb. 13, 2014 (BCEagles.com)

Four current or former Eagles, Alex Carpenter, Molly Schaus, Kelli Stack, and Brooks Orpik are representing the women's and men's hockey teams in Sochi for the XXII Winter Olympic Games.

Georgia Tech 74, Boston College 71 (ajc.com)

The iceman cometh.In a game delayed one day by the winter storm, Georgia Tech forward Marcus Georges-Hunt showed frost in his veins with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat Boston College 74-71 on Thursday night at McCamish Pavilion.

Steve Addazio facing bigger challenges in 2nd season at Boston College (Worcester Telegram & Gazette)

The rebuilding at Boston College only gets more difficult from here.

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