At Thursday’s annual “Baseball Night in Boston,” Boston College baseball head coach Mike Gambino announced that senior co-captain Carmen Giampetruzzi will wear the coveted No. 8 jersey this season, honoring the late Sonny Nictakis.
Started in 2011 by Gambino, the yearly honor awards No. 8 to a player on the team who has battled adversity throughout his career and who displays the attributes of loyalty, perseverance, dedication, and class that Nictakis embodied. Being selected to wear No. 8 is considered the highest honor on the team.
Sonny Nicktakis was a two-time captain of the Boston College baseball team, leading the Eagles in both 1998 and 1999. Unfortunately, in the summer of 2000 he lost a courageous battle with Hodgkin’s disease.
Giampetruzzi, a left-handed pitcher, has made himself into one of the Eagles most reliable arms out of the bullpen in his first three seasons on the Heights. After posting ERAs north of ten as a freshman and sophomore, the Manchester, New Hampshire native broke out a season ago, compiling a 3.66 earned run average in 19.2 innings pitched. He and fellow senior Jake Palomaki were elected captains this fall by their teammates.
Boston College will open its season in a little under a month, as the Eagles travel across the country to face the Santa Clara Broncos for a three-game set starting on Friday, February 16.