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Boston College 6, #24 Georgia Tech 1: Eagles Honor Pete Frates With Win Over Ramblin' Wreck

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John Gorman pitches seven strong inning on an emotional day honoring the warriors who fight the insidious disease.

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For all of the strides made since the Ice Bucket Challenge became a national phenomenon, it's hard to remember Boston College's commitment to fighting ALS happened at the ground floor. Before the news specials, the public campaigns, and all of the great things that have happened in the fight against a truly horrible illness, the fight for Pete Frates always had one very public, very dedicated partner in the Eagles baseball program.

For the fourth time, Boston College hosted the ALS Awareness Game on Shea Field, packing the baseball stadium stands and the football stadium ramp in an attempt to combat Lou Gehrig's Disease. And before a new Shea Field record of 3,033 fans, the Eagles did what Pete Frates knew how to do so often during his playing career - win a baseball game.

BC (20-18, 8-11 ACC) defeated #24 Georgia Tech (24-14, 9-11 ACC), winning the season series against the Yellow Jackets and pulling closer to the logjam that's moved its way down to the 10th spot in the race for the ACC Tournament. John Gorman threw seven strong innings, and Justin Dunn slammed the door shut in the eighth and ninth as the Eagles clinched the season series fro the Ramblin' Wreck.

Once again, early runs led the way for the Eagles, who scored one in the third and three in the fourth innings. Scoreless into the bottom of the third, Gabriel Hernandez led off with a walk and advanced into scoring position when Johnny Adams sacrificed him over. With one out, Jake Palomaki fouled out on the first pitch he saw, giving BC two outs. But Blake Butera hit a singled to center, scoring the runner from second and giving the Birds a 1-0 lead.

They broke open the lead in the fourth, taking advantage of a Georgia Tech error. With one out, Nick Sciortino walked, and Donovan Casey bunted him over to second, taking first on the play with a single. Two batters later, with two out, Hernandez walked again, loading the bases. Adams singled Sciortino home, putting BC up 2-0. Casey also tried to score and succeeded, beating the throw home to put BC up 3-0.

On the play, Arden Pabst, one of the best defensive catchers in the nation, attempted to pick off Adams off of first, but the ill-advised throw sailed wide into right field, and Hernandez scored from second, giving the Eagles a 4-0 lead after four innings.

Joe Cronin made it 5-0 one inning later when he blasted a solo shot over the fence against starting pitcher Cole Pitts.

Georgia Tech finally cut into the BC lead in the sixth inning, scoring one run against Goran. They manufactured the run the old fashioned way, with Keenan Innis leading off with a single and advancing to third one batter later off the bat of Matt Gonzalez. With runners at the corners and nobody out, Kel Johnson grounded to short, and the Eagles conceded the run to make it 5-1.

They immediately responded in the bottom of the sixth against reliever Dan Gooden. Stephen Sauter scored on a wild pitch after walking and moving to second on a single by Johnny Adams. Both runners wound up in scoring position when Pabst was crossed up for a passed ball.

That was it for the scoring, though, and Gorman shut down the Jackets in the seventh before handing the ball to Dunn. He allowed a single hit - a double in the ninth from pinch hitter Ryan Peurifoy - in facing one over the minimum.

Gorman (4-2) picked up the win by completing seven innings of one-run ball. He scattered seven hits, struck out eight, and did not walk a single batter, completing his quality start in just 107 pitches. Dunn threw 24 pitches to get through seven batters, striking out three.

For the Yellow Jackets, Pitts (0-4) absorbed the loss, surrendering five runs, one unearned, on six hits. He walked four and struck out three, throwing 93 pitches and inducing seven fly outs. Daniel Gooden threw one inning and gave up one run, and Matt Phillips, Tanner Shelton, and Jared Datoc finished out the final two innings of work.

For the Eagle bats, nine hits helped produce the six runs with one GT error. Michael Strem went 2-for-4, and Donovan Casey went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Johnny Adams was the big hitter at the dish, completing a 2-for-3 day with a couple of RBI. Butera and Cronin each had a single RBI as well.

BC's pitching held five Yellow Jackets without a hit, including Kel Johnson, who had the only RBI via the fielder's choice in the game's latter stages. Keenan Innis and Matt Gonzalez had multi-hit games.

As always, the ALS Awareness Game was a rousing success off the field, as the team presented the Frates family with a check for over $11K. The money was raised from the sale of the uniforms worn during the exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox.

Additionally, the team honored Double Eagle Jim Daly (Class of '75, '78) and Michael Denault as ALS Warriors at the game. In what's become a great custom, Pete Frates was introduced to a rousing ovation from the crowd and visited with the Eagles following the win. In honor of Pete, several Eagles cut their hair into mohawks, which Pete himself sported. As always, information about Lou Gehrig's Disease was available with several local organizations on hand.

As for the game itself, it marked the fastest time to 20 wins for BC since the 2010 season - the last time they made the ACC Tournament - and the fastest time to 20 wins in the Mike Gambino era. It was the 10th time this season BC did not commit an error and marked the third series win for BC against Georgia Tech since the Eagles joined the ACC in 2006.

The series wraps up on Sunday with a 1 PM game at The Heights.