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Eagles Drop Series to No. 21 Virginia 1-2

Despite their first ever win at Virginia Friday night, Boston College baseball went 1-2 in Charlottesville over the weekend. The loss on Saturday afternoon was followed by an extra-innings game on Sunday, displaying the Eagles’ determination to put up a fight against the No. 21 Cavaliers.

BC started off the series against Virginia with a 6-2 win Friday night, beating the Cavaliers on their own field for the first time in program history. The score was tied at one until the seventh inning when the Eagles’ bats came alive, scoring four runs before tacking on another in the ninth.

Jake Palomaki dominated the offense, going 4-for-5 on the day with two RBIs and two runs scored. Fellow offensive powerhouse Gian Martellini hit his second home run of the year, finishing the day with three RBIs. On the defensive side, starter Jacob Stevens tossed six innings, allowing seven hits and one run with five strikeouts.

“We got a lot of momentum going early,” said Stevens. “They put together a lot of really good at-bats during the game, and then it finally paid through there in the sixth… we really wanted to attack them and keep them off balance, and I think we did a really good job of going at them.”

The Eagles fell to the Cavaliers 7-3 Saturday afternoon, evening the series to one apiece. Following a strong offensive outing on Friday, the Eagles had only five hits in the loss. After holding Virginia to two runs through the first six innings, the Cavaliers took hold of the game in the seventh, scoring five runs. A short rally in the top of the ninth gave BC their only three runs of the game.

Dante Baldelli led the offense, notching three of BC’s five hits and tallying one RBI. The defense struggled to get outs, going through six pitchers after taking out starter Dan Metzdorf, who went five innings and let up only one run.

Sunday afternoon’s game revived BC's bats, but resulted in a heartbreaking loss for the Eagles in extra innings. After clawing their way back to tie it in the ninth inning, the Eagles came up short, losing 10-9 in the tenth inning on a walk-off sacrifice fly.  

Gian Martellini hit a two-run homerun in the top of the tenth inning to give the Eagles a two-run edge. However, in the bottom of the inning, Jack Nelson loaded the bases and Matt Gil gave up a two-run single to tie the game and set up the sac-fly.

In Sunday’s loss, Palomaki proved his offensive strength yet again, going 4-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs. Gian Martinelli went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Mitch Bigras went 1-for-3 with two runs and one RBI.

BC returns home to open their new field on Tuesday, March 20 at 3 p.m. against Northeastern.

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