During a quick start to the 2012 season, the Boston College Eagles defeated several ranked teams away from home and looked as though they might be much better than expected. Ever since, we have learned that not to be the case as they rapidly plummeted back to Earth with a ten-game losing streak and spotty play since.
This weekend, the Eagles had a particularly difficult task: beat the #1 team in the country, Florida State. So far, the results have not been good, as Boston College lost on Friday, 6-5, and on Saturday, 6-3. BC is now 13-22 (4-13) on the year; having lost 20 of their last 27 games since their defeat at the hands of the Boston Red Sox in a Florida exhibition. The Eagles are in last place in the ACC Atlantic by a 2.5-game margin and have the worst record in the conference at present.
In the first game of the series on Friday afternoon, Boston College took a 5-4 lead into the top of the ninth inning while trying to close out the Seminoles for a meaningful win. The Eagles surrendered two runs, however, as BC gave up a few hits for the tie and a throwing error allowed the winning run to come home. Anthony Melchionda totaled three hits in the loss.
On Saturday afternoon, the game began with relative fanfare as members of the 2012 national champion hockey team assembled for ceremonial first pitch duties, but the game left much to be desired again for Boston College. Florida State plated five runs before the Eagles cracked the scoreboard, scoring two in both the first and second and then another in the third. FSU would get their sixth run in the fifth inning, while Boston College scored their third in the seventh.
Boston College pitcher Hunter Gordon took the loss and fell to 1-4, having gone five innings and allowing six runs (four earned; the Eagles committed three errors). The Eagles’ bullpen featured Tyler Hinchliffe and Geoffrey Murphy, who combined for four shutout innings in relief. Marc Perdios led the way offensively for BC with three hits and a run scored.
At this point, with about a month to go in the regular season, Boston College is in 12th place in the ACC and have given little recent indication that they will contend for an ACC Tournament berth. The good news is that they are only three games behind eighth in the loss column, but getting there will require a lot more winning than they’re doing now.