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Boston College Baseball Drops Two of Three at #8 Louisville

The Eagles avoid a sweep with a win on Sunday

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The Eagles (7-5, 1-2) picked up their first ever win at #8 Louisville (10-3, 2-1) on Sunday, avoiding a series sweep.

The Cardinals blanked BC 4-0 in Friday’s opener, led by a stellar start from Reid Detmers, who scattered three hits across 7.2 innings with 13 strikeouts. Detmers has allowed just one run in his first 27.2 innings pitched this season, accentuated by an impressive 41 punchouts.

Dan Metzdorf got the start for Boston College, and allowed one run in 4.2 innings, with five strikeouts and four walks.

Louisville beat up on BC starter Matt Gill in the second game, tagging him for seven runs, five of them earned, in 4.1 innings. The Cardinals held a 10-0 lead in the sixth inning, when inclement weather suspended play. The Eagles offense finally got on the board when play resumed on Sunday morning. BC picked up two in the seventh on an RBI single by Jacob Yish and an RBI double by Brian Dempsey. Jack Cunningham added a two-run home run in the ninth, his second of the season, but it was too little, too late, as Louisville won 11-4.

Perhaps building on some confidence gained in the final frames of game two, BC came out swinging in Sunday’s finale. The Eagles notched two runs in the first inning on a solo home run by Sal Frelick, his third of the season, and an RBI double by second baseman Cody Morrisette, who went three-for-four.

BC picked up an unearned run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Chris Galland, and Louisville scored an unearned run of their own in the bottom half of the inning, to make it 3-1.

The Eagles scored two more runs in the fifth, one on a wild pitch, and the other on a Brian Dempsey RBI single. Starter Mason Pelio tossed 7.2 brilliant innings, conceding only one run (unearned) on four hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. The freshman lowered his ERA to 1.45, complimenting his 2-0 record. Third baseman Jake Alu added an insurance run with his second home run of the season in the top of the ninth, making it 6-1.

After finishing off the eighth inning, reliever John Witkowski stayed on to close out the ninth. It was an adventurous save for the senior, as he allowed three runs on four hits, and committed a throwing error and a wild pitch. Ultimately, Witkowski was able to coax a two-out ground out, closing out a 6-4 victory for the Eagles.