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Birdball Drops Season Opener to Northeastern in 18th Inning

Boston College baseball christened the new Brighton baseball field Tuesday evening with some free baseball for their fans, taking Northeastern into a whopping 18 innings. After battling through the bitter cold for over five hours, the Eagles came up short, losing 7-4 to the Huskies.

Despite playing two extra-innings games in three days, the Eagles were excited to finally break in their new field after their home opener (originally scheduled for last Tuesday) was postponed due to snow.

“It was awesome finally being able to come out on the field,” said Gian Martellini. “We’ve driven by it during the winter and the fall, but it’s awesome to finally get on it and play—and to play a game like that is pretty awesome.”

The double-length game started slow, with each team notching runs until the sixth inning, when the score tied at 3, where it stayed until the fourteenth inning. After Northeastern scored one run in the top of the fourteenth, senior Jake Palomaki hit a single to right to drive in Jack Cunningham, who had started the inning with a single up the middle.

After three more scoreless innings, the Huskies scored three runs in the top of the eighteenth, giving them a three-run lead over the Eagles. The game then unfortunately ended on a fly ball in the bottom of the inning, finally finishing the five hour and twenty-four minute campaign for the cross-town foes.

“That one was tough, but I think we battled every pitch, every inning,” Palomaki said. “The pitchers threw well; the hitters were one hit away from getting it done… but it’s great to be on the new field. It’s been a long time coming.”

BC had a total of sixty-four at-bats against Northeastern, with four different players getting eight at-bats each. Palomaki and freshman Chris Galland led the way with three hits each. Brian Dempsey went 1-for-4 with three walks and has now tallied at least one hit in thirteen of the Eagles’ eighteen games.

The BC pitching staff used seven pitchers in the game, five of whom faced at least 10 batters. Freshman Will Hesslink gave up zero runs over a career high 4.1 innings, allowing only two hits and one walk. Overall, the Eagles' pitching staff posted an ERA of 3.00 on the day—not a bad outing considering the endurance needed for this lengthy game.

The Eagles will kick off a three-game series against ACC opponent Virginia Tech at home on Friday, March 23 at 4 p.m.

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