After living charmed lives over the first three weeks of the season, Boston College baseball suffered its first major setback, getting swept by the #15 Louisville Cardinals in a three-game set down in Kentucky over the weekend.
The Eagles’ best chance to pick up a win came in the finale on Sunday, after their “opener” Joe Vetrano threw two scoreless innings, followed by Alex Stiegler who gave up four runs over three innings left the game with the score tied 4-4.
BC opened up a lead in the 7th inning when Vince Cimini hit a two run double to put BC up 6-4, feeling good about their chances to come home with a victory.
But it was not to be. Sophomore reliever Max Gieg threw two shutout innings in the 6th and 7th, but in the bottom of the 8th, Louisville got to him for four runs, with Christian Knapczyk hitting a go-ahead triple to put the Cardinals ahead for good.
On Friday night, BC jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Louisville got to BC ace Mason Pelio for 5 runs over 4.1 innings to take the lead for good.
In Saturday’s game, four Louisville pitchers combined to shut BC out, with the Cardinals winning 5-0.
The good news for BC is that they’ll get right back on the horse and begin a long stretch with a lot of home games.
BC plays Merrimack and Holy Cross midweek on Tuesday and Wednesday, then gears up for a three game home series against North Carolina. BC’s next 9 games will be at home at the Harrington Athletics Village.