Afternoon Quickie: BC Baseball Looks for 4-0; Hockey Tonight


The Boston College baseball team has had few things to celebrate since their NCAA Tournament 2009 season. Indeed, the Eagles were picked dead last in the ACC this season and attracted the attention of absolutely nobody. That’s why their 3-0 start to the season and subsequent victory in the Caravelle Resort Tournament last week came as a legitimate surprise. It may be too early to read anything into it, but nevertheless, the Eagles will take it.

Boston College will try for a 4-0 start to the 2012 season at 6:30pm EST when they take on #19 Central Florida, the first game of a three-game weekend series. The Knights are 3-1 on the new year, having swept a three-game set against Long Island but getting crushed by #1 Florida.

A sweep of this series by BC would be highly improbable, but given how well the Eagles played over their first three games, if that continues, there is no reason they cannot take a game or even two and move on with more wins over ranked teams. Should the Eagles find a way to win this series, there is a real possibility they could become ranked in the near future.

Boston College hockey plays on ice, but there’s no denying that they’re red-hot. Tonight, the #2 Eagles begin a home-and-home weekend against Providence when they visit the Friars.

This series has just been plain unkind to Providence in recent years. BC has won nine games in a row against the Friars, and have not lost any of the last 13 (11-0-2 record).

At the moment, the Eagles are one point clear of second-place UMass-Lowell, two points ahead of Boston University, and three ahead of Maine. We’re at the point in the season where four more points in one weekend would be tremendous, but BC will not be taking them for granted.

The Eagles basketball team has three regular-season games remaining: one on Saturday at Wake Forest, one against Georgia Tech, and one at Miami. With regards to Wednesday’s game against the Yellow Jackets, BC’s final home game of the year, it would be nice if Eagles fans took the time to thank this team for its effort this season by purchasing tickets and demonstrating that our students do, in fact, go to games against teams not ending in “uke” or “olina.”

It’s a Wednesday night; you can’t possibly have much better to do, anyway.