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Boston College Eagles baseball lost its annual exhibition game against the split-squad Boston Red Sox, 5-2, at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Florida.
The seven-inning contest saw the Red Sox take the lead in the bottom of the first inning off of starting pitcher Eric Stevens. That frame was the only one he would pitch; Steve Green followed out of the bullpen and tossed two scoreless innings for the Eagles.
The Red Sox would come alive in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring one and three runs, respectively, to eventually take a 5-0 advantage.
The Eagles rallied in the top of the seventh with two runs off of Boston’s Austin Maddox, who would later close the door, though with a bit of help from his defense. The final out was made as a Boston College runner was called out on a play at the plate.
Even against the Red Sox B-team, a 5-2 showing for the Eagles is not a bad one at all. These games are not about score, however: they are about the experience, and for the players, playing against the defending champions has to be a thrill.
As for Birdball, they will return to action tomorrow against Central Michigan in a neutral-site game in Port Charlotte.