Boston College baseball headed to Greensboro this past weekend to play two games against Fairfield, sandwiched between two with North Carolina A&T. Folks, the meat was much more satiating than the bun (I’ll see myself out). The Eagles clobbered their regional foes a combined 39-7, but dropped both contests against NC A&T, falling to 5-6 on the young season.
Mason Pelio cruised through five scoreless, one-hit innings in Friday’s opener against North Carolina A&T, but he walked and hit consecutive batters in the sixth, and paid the price on a run scoring double that tied the score at 1-1.
The Aggies led off the bottom of the 7th with a single. A sac bunt moved the runner to second, and a wild pitch by Pelio advanced him to third. NC A&T cashed in two batters later with a go-ahead sacrifice fly. The Aggies bullpen held BC hitless over the final two innings, securing the 2-1 win.
Boston College’s lone run came in the 3rd, when Brian Dempsey made good on Sal Frelick’s triple with a sacrifice fly.
Coming off their fifth straight loss, BC was out for blood entering their two game set with Fairfield. The Eagles battered the Stags to the tune of 39 runs over two games.
Boston College set the tone by slugging three home runs in the first inning. Frelick led off the game with a solo shot. Dempsey and Cody Morissette kept the line moving with consecutive singles, and Joe Suozzi brought them in with a three run bomb. Three batters later, Peter Burns hit a two run blast to give Joe Mancini a six run lead before he even toed the rubber.
Suozzi picked up his 4th RBI of the game with a single in the 2nd, and Burns his 3rd RBI with a double in the 3rd, making it 8-0. Mancini surrendered four runs in the 4th, but rode his offense’s output to his first win of the season, while striking out 7 over 5 innings.
The Eagles continued their onslaught with a 5 run 6th, highlighted by a three run triple off the bat of Dante Baldelli to go up 13-4. Coach Gambino was able to cycle in 17 different batters, and they combined for 22 hits in the 19-6 drubbing.
It was a recurring nightmare for Fairfield in the 1st inning of Sunday’s game, as BC again opened with a 6 spot. They piled up 7 hits, including a Morissette two-run homer, and RBI singles for Ramon Jimenez, Baldelli, and Frelick. They added another in the 2nd after Jack Cunningham followed Suozi’s triple with a double.
Three more runs in the 3rd, two off Morissette’s second homer of the game, staked the Eagles to a 10-0 lead. Fairfield scored their only run in the 4th, but Emmet Sheehan was in complete command for 7 innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits, no walks and 8 strikeouts. Jon Campbell and Evan Moore each added an inning of scoreless relief.
14 of the 16 Boston College batters recorded a hit, and Dempsey, Suozzi, Jacob Yish, Daniel Baruch, Luke Gold, and Baldelli each tallied 2 RBIs. Morissette was the star of the game with his 2 home run, 4 RBI performance. BC’s 20-1 victory dropped the Stags to 0-6 on the season.
BC jumped out to a 5-0 lead in their second game against North Carolina A&T on Monday afternoon. Jack Cunningham launched his first home run of the season in the 3rd, a two run shot, and the Eagles seemed to have things going in the right direction.
But BC failed to score again, and the Aggies steadily chipped away as the game wore on, eventually overtaking the Eagles on their way to an 8-5 win. Pardon the lack of details, but there were no live statistics for this game, and as of writing this, no box score.
Up next: Boston College takes on South Carolina in Columbia, SC, on Wednesday night