Did anybody know the Boston College Eagles would be facing UMass-Lowell in baseball on Wednesday?
You would seem to be in good company, as the game did not appear on the schedule until today. Perhaps it was best for Birdball that it did, as the Eagles defeated the UMass-Lowell River Hawks on Wednesday afternoon, 7-6 in 10 innings. With the win, Boston College improves to 12-24 on the season, tying their win total from 2013.
The River Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a defensive miscue by the Eagles: the Lowell first baseman struck out while the runners on first and second executed a double-steal, but Boston College catcher Nick Sciortino put the throw into the outfield, bringing the first run home.
The Eagles got it back plus one more in the bottom of the second as Michael Strem knocked a two-run double to left. Lowell would get one right back in the top of the third as Danny Mendick homered to tie the game, 2-2.
Boston College went back ahead, 3-2, in the fourth on a Strem sac fly, but the tug of war continued when UMass-Lowell retied the game, then took a 5-3 lead in the top of the fifth.
Now trailing by two runs in the bottom of the sixth, Boston College would get another RBI out of Strem, being another run-scoring double. He wasn’t done, either: falling behind 6-4, Strem hit an RBI single to left to make it a 6-5 game in the bottom of the eighth. His teammate, Johnny Adams, would tie the game at 6-6 later in the inning on another RBI single to left, and that is where the score remained until the tenth.
In the extra frame, Blake Butera singled to left; the Lowell left fielder overplayed the ball and the winning Eagles run, Adams, was able to score.
Returning to their regularly-scheduled schedule, Boston College will host the NC State Wolfpack for an Easter weekend series in Chestnut Hill.