The old song says two out of three ain’t bad, but with the sort of season Boston College Eagles baseball has had, they’ll take one and run. They got it on Sunday afternoon in their series finale against the Virginia Tech Hokies.
On Friday afternoon in the opener, the Eagles had fine pitching, but the hitting was stymied and they fell, 1-0, in a 12-inning affair. In fact, with only three hits for the game, BC averaged just one every four innings. Hunter Gordon went nine innings deep into the game and shut the Hokies out over that stretch, but he was not rewarded for his peak performance with a win.
On Saturday, in the second annual ALS Awareness Game, Boston College actually put some runs on the board, but dug too big of a hole for themselves in a 7-5 loss. By all accounts, the Eagles had a more than respectable bottom of the ninth inning in which they plated five runs, but the problem was that they were down by seven. Between the extra-inning game on Friday and the first eight innings on Saturday, Virginia Tech shut the Eagles out for the first 20 innings of the series. Eric Stevens took the loss for BC, falling to a highly disappointing 0-11 mark despite only allowing three earned runs — four more were unearned.
In the series finale on Sunday, before which the seniors were honored for their presence, the comeback was completed and the Eagles won, 5-3. It is the team’s eleventh victory of the year, and the third against an ACC opponent. Down 2-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, BC scored four times, including a Matt Pare home run and a Gabriel Hernandez two-run double.
BC baseball’s season is less than two weeks from ending, with their home finale coming against Maine after the finals break on May 14. Thereafter, the Eagles close a dismal 2013 campaign at Maryland for a three-game set from May 16 to the 18th.