For the Boston College Eagles baseball team, it certainly appeared in the third inning that the 20th time would be the charm.
Unfortunately for the maroon and gold, the home team, Wake Forest, had other ideas. The Demon Deacons came back from a 7-0 deficit to win, 10-9, in 11 innings. With the win, Wake Forest has swept Boston College in their three-game ACC baseball series, sending the Eagles to a 20-game conference losing streak. BC’s record is now 6-33 (0-20), with the Eagles tying their program record for losses at 33, also consequently the number of defeats they’ve suffered each of the last two seasons. Their overall losing streak now reaches eight games.
The offensively-challenged Eagles finally had a big inning in the third, making it their most prolific of the season to date. Boston College plated seven runs in the top of the third, but a lead in baseball is only as good as how you pitch in the next inning. The Eagles gave back five of those runs in the bottom half of the third, and then three more in the bottom of the fourth to give Wake Forest an 8-7 lead. Wake then scored again in the fifth to give themselves a 9-7 advantage.
BC came back in the top of the sixth with two more to tie the game, 9-9, and that is how it would remain until extra innings. The Eagles had several chances to tack on a tenth run, but in the end, it was Wake Forest that got it. Brett Armour of the Demon Deacons came up with a walk-off RBI infield single with two outs to give his team a 10-9 win.
Nick Poore took the loss for the Eagles; Aaron Fossas won for Wake Forest.
It may seem difficult to believe with a team that’s 6-33, but this was one of the more notably heartbreaking losses of the season for Boston College. It takes much doing for any baseball team to blow a seven-run lead, no less in the two innings immediately after getting it. BC has worked all season to try to get a win in their conference, but 20 contests later, they’re still shut out. With only nine ACC games remaining, it is becoming more and more realistic that they will not claim victory in the conference this season.
BC’s next game is a non-conference meeting at home on Tuesday against Hartford.