Boston College Eagles baseball gave their opponents a run on Tuesday night, but it was the visiting Eagles who left with a tough loss.
In Boca Raton, Florida, Birdball was defeated by the Florida Atlantic Owls, 3-2 in 11 innings. With the loss, the Eagles fall to 6-5 on the season while FAU improves to 9-3.
This low-scoring game did not see the first run until the third inning, in which Florida Atlantic knocked in the go-ahead score on a full-count groundout by Tyler Rocklein. Not another run would cross home plate until the top of the eighth, when Boston College tied it up on a Logan Hoggarth RBI single up the middle, bringing John Hennessy home.
The Eagles would make their own jobs more difficult by allowing FAU to retake the lead in the bottom half of the eighth on a Levi Meyer RBI single, scoring Ricky Santiago.
That would set Boston College up to have to rally in the top of the ninth, and they did ultimately score the game-tying run. On an 0-2 count with one out and runners on the corners, Gabriel Hernandez singled to right, bringing in Johnny Adams. Florida Atlantic would hold the Eagles from there, and the Eagles would likewise keep the Owls off the board in order to force extras.
In the bottom of the eleventh, center fielder Tyler Endris doubled in the game-winning run off of Eagles pitcher John Nicklas. The Boston College righty went 1 2/3 innings in the loss while Cody Mizelle went two innings in relief and got the win for Florida Atlantic.
This was a good effort by the Eagles against a competitive team. One might not think “Florida Atlantic” and “competitive” are a good fit for the same sentence, but in baseball, the Owls are a fine program. Though Boston College lost, it does take some guts to tie the game in the ninth on the road.
The short two-game series wraps up on Wednesday evening, after which the Eagles will open conference play.