Boston College fell 7-4 to Harvard Wednesday night in damp and windy conditions on Brighton Field. The eleven hard-fought innings, however, emphasized the tenacity of both teams in their hunt for a Beanpot Championship.
Unfortunately, the Eagles came up short, surrendering the opportunity to win their fourth consecutive Beanpot title.
In the first inning, BC's pitching needed time to adjust to both the conditions and the opponent. During this lull, Harvard was able to gain three runs off of RHP Matt Gill. Nonetheless, Gill promptly turned his performance around and allowed zero runs over the next five innings. Wednesday's outing proved to be one of Gill’s more notable performances, as he struck out three batters over six innings, tying his previous record.
Brian Dempsey had another standout performance in his first start at catcher. Dempsey doubled, walked twice, and recorded his first career RBI.
Overall, the underclassmen of Birdball are shining. They are being fronted by freshman Chris Galland, who currently leads the ACC in steals with a perfect 16/16 on the base paths. Their efforts particularly aided the Eagles in the ninth inning, when BC forced extra innings on a sac-fly to center field to send the tying run across home plate.
The Eagles committed zero errors in their eleventh game of the season, revealing true defensive potential. In addition, the squad had their “eagles eyes” on last night, recording a season-high ten walks. Truly, the underclassmen have demonstrated their ability to perform in times of need, which bodes well for the future of Birdball.
Stay tuned for the three-game series at home against Pittsburgh beginning on Friday, April 6 at 4 pm.
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