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Boston College Baseball: Blake Butera, John Gorman Named Captains

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Butera back for fourth year, while Gorman should contend for pitching staff's ace role.

Graham Beck

Seniors Blake Butera and John Gorman were named captains of the Boston College baseball team for the 2015 season, per a release from the school's athletic department.

Butera returns for his fourth full season starting in the middle of the infield. The second baseman started all 55 games for the Eagles last season, ranking third on the team with a .269 batting average. He appeared in 13 games for the Chatham Anglers this summer, hitting .326 with five runs scored and five RBI. He had 10 doubles for the Eagles last year, driving in 16 runs while scoring 35 of his own. He also was 8-for-9 in stolen base attempts.

Gorman, meanwhile, became a strikeout machine in his first full season in the weekend rotation for BC. He threw 74-plus innings for BC last year, starting 14 of his 15 appearances, with an ERA of 3.86. Gorman found himself pitching on Fridays against some of the best pitchers in the nation, resulting in his lower-than-expected 3-8 record. But he struck out 68 batters while walking 30, and he held opponents to a .237 batting average.

A former reliever for the Eagles with six career saves, the Norwood, MA native went to the Bourne Braves this summer and became one of their key relievers, appearing in 13 games and throwing 17.2 innings. He struck out 20 over that time with four saves while only walking seven batters the whole summer. He appeared in the 2014 Cape Cod Baseball League playoffs in a victory over the Cotuit Kettleers, throwing two innings and facing two over his minimum.

The Eagles are looking to continue building after a 22-33 season in which they won only 10 league games and missed out on the ACC Tournament for another season. The year was highlighted by a six game winning streak that brought them back into the postseason picture, but losses to Pittsburgh and a series loss to Clemson ultimately eliminated them from contention during the final weekend of play.