After losing the first two games of its series against Louisville, Birdball persevered to snag the final game on Sunday afternoon, giving the class of 2018 even more reason to celebrate Senior Day.
Rewind to Friday night, where the Eagles fell to Louisville 6-1 in the series opener. Jacob Stevens let up a lead-off solo shot in the second inning to give the Cardinals an early lead. The Eagles were down by six when they finally got on the board with an RBI from Jack Cunningham in the eighth, but it wasn't enough to close in on Louisville's six runs.
The Eagles struggled both offensively and defensively Friday. BC tallied only three hits and struck out 12 times against Louisville’s Adam Wolf. On defense, the Eagles committed a season-high of five errors.
Freshman Chris Galland, however, extended his on-base streak to nineteen games, the team's longest of the season.
Saturday’s game did not show much more promise for the Eagles, as Louisville secured the series with an 11-3 victory. After tossing eight scoreless innings against Notre Dame last week, Dan Metzdorf faced trouble with the Louisville offense, permitting ten hits across 3.1 innings.
Nonetheless, Matt Gill showed promise in relieving Metzdorf, throwing 3.2 scoreless innings and giving up just three hits. The bullpen held the Cardinals to two runs, but it was too little too late by the time the Eagles’ bats came around.
On offense, Jake Palomaki led the team with two RBIs, going 1-for-3 on the day. Galland continued his streak, ripping one to center in the eighth to make it on base for his 20th-straight game.
Following a bleak few days at Harrington Athletic Village, a glimmer of hope came Sunday afternoon—Senior Day—as the Eagles notched a 2-1 win in their final game against Louisville. With the win, BC finished its regular-season ACC home schedule with a win, giving the team a boost to finish out the rest of the season strong.
Brian Rapp dealt a gem, allowing one run on four hits and striking out five over seven innings. Fellow senior Palomaki went 1-for-4 and recorded his seventeenth stolen base of the season. Brian Dempsey dominated at the plate, going three-for-four and driving in the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
Galland (get used to hearing his name) further extended his on-base streak to twenty-one games, going 2-for-3 with a walk on the day. So far this season, the freshman has an on-base percentage of .410, which is second to veteran Palomaki among regular starters. He has amassed 53 hits and is currently hitting .329, an impressive start to his career as an Eagle.
Following a bye week for finals, Birdball will play a single game at Maine on Tuesday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m.
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