Wednesday night, Boston College baseball returned to the field for the first time following a winless weekend in South Bend and got back in the win column with a big victory over Northeastern in the Beanpot Championship.
It would have been easy for BC to come into this game flat after being swept by rival Notre Dame, losing each game by less than three runs. However, the team was energized and ready to claim local superiority. The BC offense was led by right fielder Logan Hoggarth. Hoggarth got the Eagles on the board in the 4th inning with a sacrifice fly RBI to send Michael Strem home. In the 7th inning, Hoggarth helped blow the game open, taking a Will Jahn pitch deep over the fence for a three-run shot, which stretched the BC lead to eight.
BC also got huge contributions from catcher Nick Sciortino, DH Gian Martellini, and third baseman Anthony Maselli. Sciotino went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs, and a double. Martellini also went yard to get his second homer of the season, and Maselli went 2-f0r-3 on the day with an RBI and an all-around solid performance.
Playing the Beanpot in the midst of the conference schedule forced Coach Mike Gambino to get creative with how he used his pitchers, and he did so perfectly. No Eagles pitcher threw more than two innings, or 30 pitches. Freshmen Tommy Lane, Zach Stromberg, Sean Hughes, and John Witkowski handled the first six innings allowing no runs, no walks, and only three hits. Bobby Skogsbergh came in for the 9th and allowed two runs, but at this point the game was far out of reach for the Huskies. Great pitching and explosive offense went hand in hand with a sound defensive effort, as BC was without an error for the 11th time on the season.
The Eagles have now won back-to-back Beanpot titles. BC’s 12 championships are the most of any of the participating schools, as BC continues to right a program that was headed in the wrong direction not long ago. With their Beanpot victory, the Eagles are now 19-14.
As important as this game is for the team mentality and record, it should be mentioned that this year’s Beanpot was also played for a greater cause. Prior to the game, the four head coaches gathered with John and Nancy Frates to present a donation to the Frates ALS Research and Support Fund. The New England Baseball Complex, the site of this year’s Beanpot, also donated all ticket sales to the charity.
Gambino’s ability to save arms and strong play from the Eagles bodes extremely well as they head into what could be their toughest test of the season. This weekend the Eagles will take on the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals at Shea Field in a three-game series, starting Friday at 2:30pm.
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