Boston College still plays the University of Connecticut in some sports after all, and as it turns out, it’s a good thing they do. On Tuesday afternoon, Connecticut helped the Eagles baseball team to end one of its worst streaks in program history.
BC defeated the UConn Huskies, 7-4, in a non-conference game in Storrs, CT. The win snaps a 15-game losing streak, giving the Eagles their first victory in nearly a month. Still, as one might imagine, the overall record is not very flashy at 4-22.
The Eagles struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning, manufactured on just one hit, and they were able to stretch the lead to 3-0 in the top of the third on a Tom Bourdon RBI single. UConn got two runs back in the bottom of the third and then took a 4-3 lead with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Given Boston College’s most recent history, things looked bleak for the visiting team, but in the top of the seventh, Chris Shaw homered on the third pitch of his at-bat to tie the game, 4-4. It would remain that way until the top of the ninth, in which Shaw came through again. This time, he hit a three-run home run with one out in the inning to give the Eagles a 7-4 lead, which they would retain after a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth.
John Gorman picked up the win for Boston College in relief; Dan Feehan lost for Connecticut.
UConn came into this game with every advantage, but it was BC which finally dug deep and found a way to win. Boston College will finally play their home opener on Wednesday afternoon against the Harvard Crimson.