Not a whole lot to say about Boston College baseball, other than to compliment them on their sweet St. Patrick's Day ball caps and socks.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! We've got something in store for our players and fans today... twitter.com/BCBirdBall/sta…— BC Baseball (@BCBirdBall) March 17, 2013
The Eagles' disastrous early season continued as BC was swept by no. 9 Georgia Tech by scores of 12-5, 11-3 and 9-1. The weekend sweep leaves Boston College with an ACC-worst mark of 3-15 overall and 0-6 in conference play. The Eagles are already five games back of first place Florida State (5-1) in the Atlantic Division standings after the first six conference games.
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BC couldn't hold leads of 2-0 and 5-4 as the Jackets topped the Eagles 12-5 on Friday night. Junior RHP Eric Stevens (0-4) went 5.1 innings, allowing 11 hits, six runs - all earned - three walks and striking out four. Freshman Joe Cronin was 3-for-4 with a double three RBIs, tallying game highs in his young career.
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On Saturday afternoon, the Eagles were outhit 14-6 en route to a 11-3 loss to drop the season series. Sophomore righty John Gorman (1-3) went four innings, allowed eight hits and six runs - all earned. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.
Freshman Chris Shaw and senior Matt Paré tallied back-to-back home runs in the fourth to pull the Eagles within one. BC would only add one more run in the top of the ninth on a Travis Ferrick RBI which plated pinch hitter Jimmy Dowdell. Ferrick finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate.
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On Sunday, the Eagles fell 9-1 in the series finale. Redshirt freshman LHP Andrew Chin (1-4) lasted 6.2 innings, giving up six hits, three earned runs and five walks. He struck out two. Junior Tom Bourdon accounted for the Eagles only run on the day, while junior John Hennessy finished 2-for-4 on the afternoon.
Of the 32 runs the Eagles gave up over the weekend, over half (17) were surrendered in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings (the Jackets didn't bat in the bottom of the ninth in any of the three games). The Eagles' pitchers out of the pen surrendered those 17 runs over 8 innings pitched for a combined ERA of 19.13. Just not going to get it done in ACC play.
Birdball returns to action on Tuesday, March 19 with a road game at Holy Cross at 3 p.m. The Crusaders are 2-13 on the year with their lone wins coming over Temple and Saint Louis. Tuesday's game will be the home opener for Holy Cross.