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Weekly Recap: Boston College Baseball

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#17 Georgia Tech takes 2 of 3

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Boston College broke out of its New England funk earlier this week, defeating Rhode Island and Quinnipiac to snap a four game losing streak against regional opponents. The Eagles then dropped two of three to the 17th ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. BC is now 18-19 overall, and 7-11 in ACC play.

Joey Walsh took the hill against Rhode Island on Tuesday and tossed four scoreless innings on his way to the win, allowing only three hits and one walk. The bullpen was stout as well, holding the Rams to two hits across the final five frames.

Second baseman Cody Morissette paced the BC offense, driving in the game’s first run with an RBI single in the 2nd, and capping the day’s scoring with a sacrifice fly in the 6th that gave the Eagles a 4-0 lead.

Like URI, BC only collected five hits in the game, but they made them count with situational hitting, scoring on sacrifice flies by Gian Martellini and Brian Dempsey.

The Boston College offense got a boost from the top of their order in Wednesday’s game against Quinnipiac. Leading off, Chris Galland went 2-3 with an RBI, three runs scored, and a walk, Dempsey went 4-5 with a run scored and an RBI, and Jake Alu went 3-5 with three RBIs and a run scored from the three hole.

Joe Mancini (3-5) got the start and pitched two scoreless innings, which was enough to earn him the win, as the Eagles led 4-0 after two. Quinnipiac picked up a run in the third, but the Eagles promptly answered in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI double by Ramon Jimenez and a two-run homer by Jake Suozzi, which made it 7-1.

The Wildcats scored again in the top of the 4th, but Alu responded with an RBI single in the same inning. The Eagles offense rebuffed every Quinnipiac charge. After Quinnipiac scored two in the 5th to make it 8-4, BC picked up runs in the 5th and 6th to extend the lead back to six. Quinnipiac scored another run in the 7th on a throwing error by Morissette, but BC answered the call yet again with a Dempsey RBI single in the 8th, finishing off an 11-5 win.

BC then welcomed in Georgia Tech for a three game series, and took Friday’s opener 9-2. Starter Dan Metzdorf earned the win, allowing two runs on four hits over 6.2 solid innings.

The Eagles scored early and often in support of Metzdorf. Jake Alu went 3-5, including a double and a triple, with three runs scored in the lead off spot. Dempsey went 2-5 with an RBI single, and Sal Frelick added a 2-3, two RBI performance. But the star of the game was Morissette, who went 3-4 with four RBIs. Thomas Lane relieved Metzdorf and blanked the Yellow Jackets over the final 2.1, allowing three hits and striking out five.

Georgia Tech came back with vengeance in mind on Saturday afternoon, and hammered BC starter Joey Walsh for 7 runs on 7 hits in just 2.1 innings.

Yellow Jackets starting pitching Connor Thomas held the Eagles bats in check all day, conceding only one run on five hits in seven innings of work. BC’s lone run came on an RBI double by Morissette in the 6th. Georgia Tech scored two runs in the 7th to take a 9-1 lead and put the game out of reach.

BC ace Mason Pelio didn’t have his best stuff in Sunday’s finale, allowing four runs on three hits and five walks over five innings. Matt Gill relieved Pelio in the 6th and struggled with his command, allowing two runs on three hits and four walks in two innings of work.

Georgia Tech starter Brant Hurter had his way with the Eagles hitters, tossing seven scoreless innings of two hit ball, and striking out nine.

BC looked to mount a charge in the 8th after consecutive singles by Galland and Alu to start the inning, but Dempsey grounded into a double play, and Frelick struck out to diffuse the rally. The Eagles then went down 1-2-3 in the 9th, as the Yellow Jackets claimed the series win with a 7-0 victory.

Up next: BC takes on Northeastern at Fenway Park on Wednesday at 2pm in the Beanpot. Tickets are $10, and all net proceeds go to the Pete Frates #3 Fund.

The Eagles then travel to Chapel Hill for a weekend series with UNC.