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Duke sweeps the Saturday doubleheader to win the series

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BC rallied from behind twice in Tuesday’s home victory over UMass Lowell.

Trailing 3-0 in the 5th, consecutive singles by Chris Galland and Jake Alu loaded the bases for Sal Frelick, who came through with an RBI single. Brian Dempsey then drew a walk to bring home another run, followed by sacrifice flies by Jake Cunningham and Cody Morissette, which gave the Eagles a 4-3 lead.

The River Hawks retook the lead in the top of the 8th, scoring two unearned runs on an error and a steal of home. But BC managed to answer with two runs of their own in the bottom half. Gian Martellini led off with a single, and Dante Baldelli tripled him home to tie the score. Galland followed up with a single to bring home Baldelli as the go ahead run.

Thomas Lane pitched a scoreless 9th to notch his second save of the season, preserving the 6-5 win.

BC played a road game on Wednesday afternoon at Bryant, and piled up 10 runs on 18 hits to earn their second win in a row. Alu followed up a 4-4 performance on Tuesday with 4-6 day on Wednesday. Galland went 3-5 with four RBIs and Joe Suozzi went 3-5 with three runs scored.

In total, six of nine Eagles had multi-hit games on the way to a 10-5 victory.

Dan Metzdorf pitched a gem in Friday’s series opener against Duke to lead BC to its third consecutive win. Metzdorf shutout out the Blue Devils for 8.1 innings, allowing seven hits, walking none, and striking out nine, improving his record to 5-2. Matt Gill retired the final two batters to polish off a 5-0 win.

Jake Alu remained red hot in the leadoff slot, going 3-4 and driving in the go-ahead run in the 3rd. The Eagles padded their lead with a three-run 7th, which included an RBI double by Baldelli, and RBI single by Galland.

Sloppy defense spoiled a quality start by Mason Pelio in the first half of Saturday’s doubleheader. Pelio allowed only one earned run and two hits in 6.1 innings, but Duke took advantage of three BC errors in the first inning, scoring three unearned runs.

Cunningham hit his seventh home run of the year, but that was the extent of the Eagles scoring in a 4-1 loss.

It was all Duke in game two, as they tallied 8 runs on 16 hits. Martellini went 3-4, but the Eagles left 11 runners on base in an 8-0 loss. BC dropped to 22-24 overall, and 8-16 in ACC play.

Up next: BC travels to URI on Tuesday, then hosts Harvard on Wednesday before a crucial series at Virginia Tech. The top 12 teams make the ACC tournament, and the Eagles are currently in the 12th spot with the Hokies one game behind.