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Boston College 4, #24 Georgia Tech 0: Eagles Near Perfection In Clean Sweep

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Jesse Adams retires the first 20 batters he sees. Eagles now in seventh place in ACC after dominating Yellow Jackets.

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A near-perfect outing completed the perfect weekend for Boston College.

Jesse Adams threw 6.2 innings of perfect baseball, retiring the first 20 men he saw at the plate, as Boston College defeated Georgia Tech, 4-0, on Sunday at Shea Field. The win finished off the first sweep of a ranked ACC opponent for the Eagles since joining the league in 2006, and it pushed the Eagles into seventh place in the league with nine games left in the race for Durham and the conference tournament.

Staked to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Jese Adams was outstanding. He didn't allow a baserunner until there were two outs in the seventh, a double down the left field line by Matt Gonzalez. He rallied to strike out pinch hitter Grant Wruble, ending his day on an upnote.

Adams (2-2) would finish the day with seven strikeouts in total, needing just 89 pitches to get through 22 batters. He induced six outs via grounder and retired eight via fly ball. He didn't walk anyone, a common trend since no BC pitcher walked any of the Yellow Jackets.

John Nicklas threw the eighth, and Justin Dunn finished things off in the ninth for the Eagles, who completed their first sweep of Georgia Tech and the first sweep in the history of the series between the two foes.

BC got their runs by continuing to take advantage of Georgia Tech's suspect defense. Jake Palomaki and Blake Butera led off the Eagle offensive day with a couple of hits, then moved into scoring position by executing a double steal after Joe Cronin flew out. With one down, the Yellow Jackets intentionally walked Michael Strem to load the bases and create a force, but they surrendered a run when Nick Sciortino hit a roller to second base.

In the seventh, BC blew the game open to a 3-0 lead with a couple more runs. Logan Hoggarth singled to lead of the inning, then advanced to second thanks to a wild pitch. He scored when Johnny Adams tripled to center, making it a 2-0 lead. The Eagles then called for a suicide squeeze with the man on third, and it worked when Jake Palomaki got the bunt down to the pitcher.

They got one more in the eighth after the Yellow Jackets committed a couple of errors. Nick Sciortino grounded an 0-2 pitch to third, but Matt Gonzalez threw it away to allow him to reach. On the very next pitch, the first to Donovan Casey, the batter bunted it back to the box, and Zac Ryan, the pitcher on the bump, threw to third to get the lead runner. The ball went wide, and Sciortino scored, making it 4-0.

Adams outdueled Brandon Gold (5-2), who took the loss after being charged with three runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings. He struck out four and walked one on 104 pitches. Matthew Gorst walked two and didn't retire an out, and Ryan pitched the final 1.2 outs while allowing the one run, unearned, in the eighth.

On the weekend, Georgia Tech entered the weekend with the fourth-best offense in the ACC but scored only one run against Boston College's defense. BC finished with two shutouts after tallying only one all season long (against Dartmouth).

With the win, BC improved to 21-18, now 9-11 in conference play. With the outcomes of other ACC series, they are now tied for seventh place in the league with NC State, a full half-game ahead of Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, and Virginia (all 9-12). They are still only in a fifth place tie in the Atlantic Division, but they are a half game behind Coastal Division second place North Carolina (10-10) for sixth place. Notre Dame and Clemson (11-10, 11-9, respectively) are the next teams in front of BC in the Atlantic.

With their 21-18 record, there is now the issue of looking at BC as a bubble NCAA team. We'll cover this more during the week, but the Eagles are now squarely in the conversation as a potential national contender. Opening the weekend outside the tournament at 72nd in the RPI (Ratings Percentage Index), their three game sweep moved them up to 50th. With 64 teams making the national tournament, each win now becomes that much more for the Boston College baseball team. Comparable teams are now baseball powers Rice and Long Beach State.

The Eagles are off until midweek when they take on UMass on Wednesday at Fenway Park in the Beanpot Championship Game. The Eagles-Minutemen game will take place 45 minutes after the conclusion of the Northeastern-Harvard gae. All proceeds from the $10 general admission ticket for both games will go to the Pete Frates No. 3 Fund.