As a Yankee fan and Boston College alum, but mostly as a Boston College alum, one of these years I want to see the Eagles topple the Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Just once. Only to watch the city of Boston burn and read the tens of articles coming out of the Boston media scrutinizing the defeat.
Alas, it was (once again) not meant to be, as the Boston College baseball team lost 11-1 to the Boston Red Sox this afternoon in the 23rd exhibition game between the two teams. Apparently the shame of losing to college teams is reserved for MLB franchises like the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles. And that's not nearly as fun since those teams lose all the time.
The Eagles made it interesting for a bit, tying the game at one in the third. Sophomore John Gorman drew a walk, junior John Hennessey smacked his second hit of the game over the left fielder's head for a double and sophomore Blake Butera brought Gorman home on a groundout to short.
However that's all the scoring the Eagles would do as the Red Sox offense got going in the top of the fourth. The first six Red Sox batters of the inning all got on base and scored, and the Sox scored a total of eight runs after sending 12 batters to the plate.
Boston College's starter, grad student lefty Nate Bayuk, opened the game for the Eagles with a 1-2-3 bottom of the first, the only of the Eagles' pitchers to retire the side in order. Former Eagle and Red Sox prospect Terry Doyle returned the favor, retiring the side in order in the sixth.
Athletic Director Brad Bates was one of 8,128 fans on hand to take in the game, tweeting out this pic of his view from the
Eagles' beautiful new, Brighton Campus Ball Field ... Fenway South.
My view in this very nice stadium. twitter.com/BCBradBates/st…— Brad Bates (@BCBradBates) February 21, 2013
Hennessey, who finished 2-for-2 at the plate, and starting pitcher Bayuk interviewed each other about their experience playing the Red Sox.
The Eagles are back in action tomorrow as they travel to Greenville, North Carolina to play in the 10th Annual Keith LeClair Classic. Boston College will face East Carolina on Friday at 6 PM.