The Boston College baseball team won during the midweek for the first time since early March this week, as they took a pair of contests over regional foes UMass and Quinnipiac by scores of 9-2 and 9-5, respectively. The Eagles have now won three straight games as they welcome Wake Forest to Chestnut Hill this weekend for an important ACC Atlantic Division match-up.
Tuesday was all BC from start to finish, as Eagles’ starter Jack Nelson went five strong innings, scattering six hits over that time while allowing only a pair of runs. The Boston College offense did their part, scoring four runs before the Minutemen even got on the board. They scored a pair in the second and a pair in the fourth, before hanging five more runs on UMass in the sixth, en route to a 9-2 handling of the visiting team. Sophomore catcher Jake Goodreau had a career day in his second start of the season, going 2 for 5, while recording four RBI. His classmate Jack Cunningham was not far behind, as the first baseman recorded a 2 for 4 day with three runs batted in.
Though Quinnipiac led 5-3 the seventh inning on Wednesday, Boston College scored five runs in their half of the inning to take an 8-5 lead, which they would turn into a 9-5 lead an inning later and go on to win by the same score. BC starter Matt Gill went five innings, giving up four earned runs, before turning the game over to freshman reliever Joey Walsh who, outside of a run in the seventh, held the Bobcats in check. The Eagles scored a run in the second, fourth, and sixth, before unloading on the visitors in the seventh and adding a run in the eighth. Jake Palomaki, Dante Baldelli, Gian Martellini, and Chris Galland all recorded a pair of hits in the game and combined to drive in five of the Eagles nine runs. Galland also upped his stolen base total to 22 in 22 attempts.
Not too much to say about this week other than, that’s how you do it! It was great to see BC take care of two teams they should take care of every time they play. It was also great to see the offense come alive in both contests, albeit waiting until the seventh inning today, and scoring 18 runs in two days. They’ll need to keep that rolling into the weekend if they want to take care of the Demon Deacons. Also, the bullpen was pretty good in both contests, something that has hurt BC so far this season. The team is now on a three game winning streak heading into the weekend, where a series win over Wake would go a long way in returning momentum to this season and getting Boston College back on track toward the postseason.