As has been the outcome the previous 26 times they have met over the years, the Boston College Eagles fell to the Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Thursday afternoon at Jet Blue Park in Ft. Meyers, Florida.
A win for the Eagles in the contest would’ve marked a tremendous upset, but even with those long odds, the boys from Chestnut Hill kept battling until the final out. The Red Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, thanks in part to two walks and a hit given up by Boston College starter Jack Nelson. The BC staff would settle down in the following two frames, holding the professional club scoreless in the second and third. The Sox scratched across two more runs in the fourth off freshman pitcher Michael Marzonie, who pitched three complete innings in what was his collegiate debut. That would be all the Sox would muster in the game as Marzonie and sophmore Matt Gill combined to hold the home team scoreless in the final two frames.
Boston College made it interesting the their last at-bat of the game, plating two runs in the top of the seventh on an RBI ground out from sophomore Jake Goodreau and an infield single from freshman Chris Galland. Unfortunately the Red Sox retired the final two batters and took the game 4-2. BC recorded three total hits in the contest, Galland’s single in the seventh, a single up the middle from sophomore Dante Baldelli, and a double to center for redshirt junior Scott Braren. In an interesting twist, former BC catcher, and current Red Sox farmhand, Nick Sciortino came in into the game int he fifth and caught the final three innings against his old teammates.
Boston College returns to action tomorrow afternoon at 2 pm ET, as they take on the University of Minnesota in their first game of The Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida. We’ll have a preview of this weekend’s action up tomorrow morning, so stay tuned.