This past Saturday saw Boston College formally dedicate its new Brighton Field complex as the Harrington Athletics Village in honor of Mr. John L. Harrington ‘57, whose generous contributions to the university made construction of the new baseball and softball facilities possible.
Unfortunately, Saturday also saw the Boston College baseball team fall 6-1 to Wake Forest, given the Demon Deacons a series sweep. The lone run scored by the Eagles on Saturday was their only offensive output on the weekend, which saw them get one-hit and lose 3-0 in the first game of a double-header on Friday and fall 2-0 in the night cap. On the weekend, BC recorded only nine hits in the three games and never threatened Wake offensively, even though they received good pitching performances from Stevens, Metzdorf, and Rapp.
Well, it seems as though we’ve fallen back into the pattern that we witnessed earlier this season where BC has has difficulty putting together a complete performance. Either they’ll plate a ton of runs, but turn around and give up more, or they’ll get strong outings from their pitchers, but receive little offensive support. Clearly, the latter was what afflicted Boston College this weekend. I mentioned in my prediction that Griffin Roberts would be tough to beat on Friday and he was, as the ACC’s current strike out leader fanned 11 Eagles batters, while allowing only a single hit. However, to his credit, Jacob Stevens kept his team in the game allowing only two runs in five innings, but it wasn’t enough. The same happened in game two of the doubleheader, as Dan Metzdorf continued to throw the ball exceptionally well, lasting seven innings, while allowing only two runs and striking out nine. Yet, BC couldn’t help him out. And in Saturday’s finale, while Rapp didn’t have as clean an outing as the first two in the rotation, he still gave his team a chance to win, but was rewarded with only a single run in support. So, it’s pretty clear where the issue lies moving forward: the offense. It doesn’t matter if your starters can go six-plus innings every outing, while giving up three or fewer runs, if you can’t score any yourself. And, unfortunately, the road doesn’t get any easier for BC moving forward with Florida State coming to town next weekend. If the eagles have any hope of climbing out of the 5-13 hole they’ve dug for themselves in the ACC to this point, they’re going to need to have an offensive resurgence against the Seminoles and somehow find a way to take a game or two from the heavily favored visitors.