On Saturday night, the Boston College baseball team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over Georgia State. The Eagles got a strong pitching performance from sophomore righty John Gorman (1-1) and the BC bats did just enough to notch the win.
Gorman threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits, no walks and striking out five. After reliever Jeff Burke loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth, LHP Nate Bayuk pitched out of the jam to preserve the 2-run lead. Lefty Tyler Hinchliffe earned his second save of the season, striking out the side in the ninth.
Freshman Stephen Sauter broke a scoreless tie in the seventh with a sacrifice fly that plated center fielder Tom Bourdon. Fellow freshman Joe Cronin doubled to center to lead off the eighth and later scored the Eagles' insurance run. He finished 2-for-3 on the night.
I'm not sure if the pitching will hold up in ACC play, but an early season theme has been the Eagles' bats falling silent. Only one player on the roster -- Logan Hoggarth -- is batting over .300 (.321). Of the other guys which have started every game they've played, Tom Bourdon is batting .273, Matt Pare .208, Matt McGovern .192, Blake Butera .148 and Chris Shaw .115. Upperclassmen like Bourdon, Pare and McGovern have to get things going at the plate if Boston College is going to have any sort of success this season.
Here's Sauter, Gorman and Hinchliffe after the 2-0 win over Georgia State.
The two teams will play the rubber match this afternoon at 1 p.m. to complete the series.