BC baseball got the job done in the final week of the season, locking up a spot in the ACC tournament with a series win against Notre Dame.
No one will mistake Tuesday’s tilt with Maine for a pitchers duel, as The Eagles out-slugged Maine 19-16.
BC scored in every inning that they came to bat, and survived a ten run Black Bear third inning in a truly wild affair. A quick rundown of the bloated box score: Joe Suozzi went three for five with four RBIs, and came up a home run shy of the cycle. Gian Martellini blasted his 4th home run of the season, Jake Alu and Chris Galland each went three for five with two RBIs, Lucas Stalman walked four times and scored five runs, and Dante Baldelli knocked in three runs.
Trailing 16-14 in the 6th, Stalman doubled home two runs to tie the game. BC then scored the go ahead run on a balk in the 7th, and the bullpen managed to keep Maine off the board over the final three frames.
BC continued to pile up runs in Thursday’s series opener with Notre Dame, trouncing the Irish 10-1. Jake Cunningham had two RBI singles in the first two innings, as the Eagles staked themselves to a 5-0 lead.
Dan Metzdorf got the start, and continued what has been a dominant end to his senior season. Metzdorf went 7.2 innings and held the Irish to one run on three hits, improving his record to 7-2 on the year. Over his last three starts, he’s allowed only one run in 23.2 innings of work.
Alu hit his fourth home run of the year, a two run shot, in the 6th, and doubled home another run in the 8th to give him four RBIs in the game, and 35 on the season.
Game two was a back and forth battle. The Irish scored two runs in the 2nd off Mason Pelio, but BC sent all nine men to bat in the 3rd, plating four runs on six hits, including an RBI double by Baldelli and an RBI triple by Brian Dempsey.
Notre Dame reclaimed a 5-4 lead with three runs in the 4th. Trailing 7-5 in the 7th, the Eagles scored four runs without recording a hit, taking advantage of five walks and an error. The Irish threatened in the 9th when a wild pitch with the bases loaded and two outs moved the tying and winnings runs into scoring position, but Joey Walsh induced a fly ball to pick up the win in a 9-8 victory.
It was all Irish on Senior Day. They jumped out to 5-0 lead. Cody Morissette doubled home a run in the 3rd, but Notre Dame answered with another five runs to take a commanding 10-1 lead. BC tried to mount a rally in the 6th with another RBI double off the bat of Morissette. Suozzi knocked in another with a single, and BC scored two more on a throwing error to cut the lead to 10-5. But the Eagles wouldn’t get any closer, and Notre Dame took the season finale 11-5.
BC finished the season 29-26 overall, and 12-18 in league play. They earned the #12 seed in the ACC tournament, putting them in “Pool A” alongside #1 Louisville and #8 Clemson.
Game 1 will be at 11 am on Tuesday against Clemson, followed by game 2 against Louisville on Wednesday at the same time.