The conference opponent for Birdball was different, but the result remained the same on Friday night.
Boston College Eagles baseball lost its 16th ACC game of the season on Friday as they fell to the North Carolina State Wolfpack, 5-1. Their overall record is now 12-25 (3-16), both of which create the worst win percentages in the conference. NC State improves to 21-15 on the year.
As has been the case in many of their previous ACC bouts, Boston College never led in this one. The Wolpack grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, with the Eagles taking four more innings to answer back. Blake Butera drove an RBI single to center in the top of the fifth to make it a 2-1 ballgame, but that is as close as Birdball would get.
In the bottom of the sixth, NC State would tack on two more runs while adding another in the seventh to pull away to a 5-1 advantage. Following their lone run, the Eagles would get three more hits across the final four innings of the game, but nothing more.
Eagles starter John Gorman came up just short of a quality start, going 5.2 innings pitched with three earned runs, taking the loss. Lefty hurler Carlos Rodon went eight strong frames for the win for the Wolfpack.
In the new format of the expanded ACC Baseball Tournament, ten teams (as opposed to the previous eight, seeing as how the conference grew from 12 baseball teams to 14) will qualify. The Eagles are five games out of the last bid with eleven ACC games to go. It seems preposterous even to discuss such matters, as Birdball still has yet to even win a conference series through mid-April, let alone go on a run to make to Greensboro.
The series against the Wolfpack will continue on Saturday night at 6:30pm in Raleigh.