Boston College baseball capped a remarkable second half with a wild win on Saturday, closing out Shea Field’s last ever game with an 8-7 victory over Notre Dame.
With the win, BC swept Notre Dame on the weekend, guaranteeing their place in the ACC tournament. The tournament gets underway on Tuesday in Louisville.
The Eagles had little margin for error going in to this series, knowing that only a sweep would guarantee their place in the postseason. They made it even harder themselves by having to dig out of significant deficits on both Friday and Saturday. But, as we’ve learned many times over the last few years, you can never count this team out.
BC trailed 7-3 heading in to the bottom of the 5th, but chipped away with a run in the 5th and the 6th to close to within two.
In the 7th, Mitch Bigras drove in a run to make it 7-6 before Johnny Adams laced a one-out triple to tie the game.
BC failed to bring home the go-ahead run in the 7th, but went right back to work in the 8th. Donovan Casey led off the inning with a single. Notre Dame then issued three walks, including a walk to Adams with the bases loaded to force in a run and give BC the lead.
In addition to scoring the winning run, Casey was the winning pitcher, pitching a clean 8th and surviving a mild scare in the 9th to close out the game.
BC said goodbye to Shea Field, closing it out with a bit of history:
The final pitch from Shea: Battery mates who threw out the very first pitch - Jerry Greeley and Bob DeFelice pic.twitter.com/rRKuSIqL9C— BC Baseball (@BCBirdBall) May 20, 2017
On April 9, BC baseball was 1-14 in ACC play and 9-20 overall. From that point forward, BC went 16-6, including a 10-5 record in ACC play. Don’t count them out in Louisville!