Boston College baseball shut out Virginia Tech Saturday and Mike King lasted all nine innings in the Eagles' victory Sunday to take their fourth ACC series win of the season.
The Eagles have now won their second straight series after being swept by Notre Dame a few weeks ago. Last weekend, Birdball won the series against No.4 Louisville in a dominating fashion, having already sealed the series by winning games one and two. Sunday, the Eagles earned themselves the series against Virginia Tech after dropping Friday afternoon's matchup 0-5.
Saturday, the Eagles played for something bigger than the match, as they hosted their fourth annual Wounded Warrior Project game to honor disabled and wounded veterans. They donned specially designed jerseys and honored former and current military in a pregame ceremony.
Junior pitcher Justin Dunn helped the Eagles out on defense, going 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and holding the Hokies to just three hits in his time on the mound. The Eagles only scored twice, but it was all they needed in their fifth shutout of the year. Mitch Bigras got things going for the Eagles in the second, driving in Johnny Adams with a solid hit past Hokies first-baseman.
Michael Strem got the Eagles on the board again in the fifth inning with an RBI of his own driving in Jake Palomaki to make it 2-0. The Hokies gave the Eagles a scare in the sixth, loading the bases with two outs; reliever Bobby Skogsbergh was able to hold off VT to preserve the shutout. With one out in the ninth, Jesse Adams came in to replace Skogsbergh and closed out the game on the mound. The three pitchers combined to hold the Hokies to only six hits and zero runs, despite three errors on the day.
With the series tied at one, the teams headed into Sunday with a rescheduled start time due to impending weather. King lasted for all nine innings in his complete game on the mound, only allowing a single run and five hits in his fifth win of the season. Bigras got the scoring started again in the second with an RBI to knock in Gian Martellini in his first at-bat of the game. Dominick Hardaway followed Bigras' lead and knocked in Johnny Adams to give the Eagles a two-run cushion early on.
The Eagles got on the board again in the third when Johnny Adams hammered a two-run single, increasing his hit streak to 19 hits in 14 games. Virginia Tech was able to score one in the fourth, but King would not give them anything else and the Eagles took the series with a 4-1 win.
With their series victory on Sunday, the Eagles have now won four ACC series this season (UVA, Louisville, NC State, and Virginia Tech). With a win in the upcoming series against Wake Forest, the Eagles can make history and set a record for most conference series wins in BC's ACC history.
BC will travel to Rhode Island Tuesday and then return to Chestnut Hill to take on Northeastern in a Beanpot championship rematch on Wednesday at 3pm.
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