The spring athletics season must be here, because we’re talking about basketball bench players transferring, low spring football attendance, former hockey players performing in the pros and the Eagles losing to Rhode Island in baseball by 12 runs.
In Tuesday afternoon’s non-conference baseball game, Boston College erased whatever good will they had accumulated by beating #1 Florida State this past weekend in falling to the Rams, 16-4. With the loss, the Eagles are 14-23 (5-13) and have been defeated in 21 of their last 29 games following a 6-2 start.
Right out of the gate in the top of the first, the Rams scored four runs, helped greatly by two Boston College errors in the inning. The shellacking was so thorough that Rhode Island scored in each inning but one — the ninth, when they already had sixteen in the bank. Tom Bourdon and Blake Butera hit home runs for BC in the futile effort; for Bourdon, it was the highlight of a 3-for-4 afternoon. The aforementioned Eagle center fielder leads the team with a .337 batting average and a .979 OPS.
As thoroughly depressing as this game was, thankfully, it does not count in the conference standings. Their next series does: three games against NC State in Raleigh. There are 12 ACC games to go and the Eagles trail the 8th and final spot in the conference tournament by two games, despite being in 12th position.