This weekend, the Boston College baseball team heads west for its first ACC meeting with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The series, moved to Chicago State this weekend, will benefit the Pete Frates #3 Fund with all ticket revenue going to help fight ALS in honor of the director of baseball operations.
There is a link to Frates from both schools; Notre Dame head coach Mik Aoki helped coach Pete while at Boston College. Aoki came to Boston College in 2004 when Frates was a sophomore, serving as an assistant under Pete Hughes until after the 2006 season. In 2007, Aoki became the head coach of the Eagles. Frates served as captain of the team during that season, hitting five homers with 27 RBIs. He would finish his career with 11 homers, 34 stolen bases, and 56 RBIs across 107 starts.
Pete was diagnosed in ALS two years ago at the age of 27. Named the director of baseball operations, he's been instrumental in the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease, becoming one of the faces of the fight alongside longtime sports information director Dick Kelley. More recently, Pete and his wife, Julie, announced they were expecting their first child.
The Pete Frates #3 Fund was set up to help fight the disease and subsidize the cost of treatment not covered by medical insurance. More information can be found by clicking here.
The Eagles and Irish are currently fighting to avoid falling behind in the race for the ACC Tournament. Both teams are currently 10-20 overall, but Notre Dame has just one league win with BC a game up on them. They are currently the 13th and 14th place teams in the ACC. But 10 teams will make the ACC Tournament, regardless of division placement, with only the top two seeds guaranteed to divisional winners. Maryland currently sits as the 10th place team at 6-8 with a weekend series against 11th-place Virginia Tech upcoming.