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BC Baseball Falls to UMass, Hartford Heading into Weekend

After a strong series win against #19 Florida State for the first time in a decade, Boston College Baseball came into this week looking to capitalize on the momentum. The Eagles took on UMass in the semifinal of the baseball Beanpot on Tuesday afternoon. Instead of moving onto the final with relative ease, as most expected, BC (14-14) fell to UMass (6-15), 6-2. 

Toeing the slab for Boston College was freshman righty Travis Lane, making his first career start. Lane owned a 4.40 earned run average over 14.1 innings across 10 relief appearances. Though Lane’s ERA left much to be desired, the team hoped for a few strong innings before handing it over to the rest of the relief crew. Lane struggled early and often with his command, giving up 2 runs, 5 walks, and a throwing a wild pitch through four inconsistent innings.

Luckily, the defense was excellent, with Peter Burns throwing out a runner in the first inning and a turning slick double play in the second, limiting the damage to two runs. Will Hesslink, who took the loss for BC, entered in the 5thinning and immediately surrendered three runs to UMass, all coming with two outs. Matt Gill and Thomas Lane played mop-up roles and only let up one run (unearned) over the last four innings. 

On the flip side, UMass’ Jack Steele also made his first career start, previously owning a 5.25 ERA, with 10 strikeouts over 12 relief innings. Steele started off strong, retiring 9 of the first 10 batters he faced. He managed to escape a leadoff double from BC’s Jack Cunningham in the second inning.

Steele ran into trouble in the fourth inning, giving up an infield single, a bunt single, and a 2 walks to surrender a run and keep the bases loaded with no outs. Fortunately for UMass, BC’s Gian Martellini grounded into a double play and Joe Suozzi struck out, limiting the damage to just one run. Matt Collins entered the game for UMass and twirled 3.2 scoreless innings, with Casey Aubin coming in to close it out.  

After scoring 21 runs over three games at Florida State, the Eagles seemingly forgot their bats in Tallahassee after the weekend road trip. Joe Suozzi led the way for BC, going 2 for 4 with a single and a triple, but the rest of the team went a dismal 3 for 28 (.107). The Eagles only mustered two runs over two separate bases loaded opportunities. A walk by Cody Morissette and an RBI GIDP by Martellini represented the only two runs for BC on the day. 

UMass took advantage of errors, manufactured runs, and hit in key situations. They manufactured a run with a bunt single in the third inning and a key 2 out-RBI single in the fifth inning by shortstop Ryan Lever broke the game open. UMass also capitalized on a hit-by-pitch in the 5thinning and two wild pitches to score three more runs. 

As one fan in the crowd aptly put it: “This is like their [UMass’] World Series.” And they certainly played like it. 

Coming off of the disappointing loss against UMass in the Beanpot, BC (14-14) looked to rebound against another sub-.500 team in Hartford College (8-14). Unfortunately, the Eagles couldn’t overcome an early deficit on Wednesday and fell to Hartford 7-4. 

Right-hander Jack Nelson notched the start for BC and allowed the first three Hartford batters to collect hits, culminating in a two-run home run to left field by Hartford’s Chris Sullivan. Nelson did settle in afterwards, however, striking out four over four innings without issuing a walk.

With the game knotted up at three, Joe Mancini entered the game for the Eagles and surrendered two runs in two innings of relief. Zach Stromberg followed with a solid scoreless inning. Joey Walsh entered the game with only a one run deficit in the top of the ninth but allowed two runs (one unearned). Despite the loss BC only gave up one walk on the day. 

Hartford’s James Judenis did not fare much better, giving up three runs (one unearned) over 3.1 innings. Over the remaining 5.2 innings, however, Hartford’s relief crew of Peter Myers, Jake Regula, Jason Johndrow, and Will Nowak only surrendered one run, with Nowak notching his fourth save of the season. 

BC amassed 13 hits but only managed to produce 4 runs for their efforts. Though the team as a whole hit well, situational hitting remained a problem for the Eagles. Though opening the third inning with three straight hits by Jake Alu, Jack Cunningham, and Gian Martellini, BC only mustered one run on the inning.

Chris Galland had an RBI single in the second inning. Martellini followed suit in the third, and Alu laid down a sacrifice bunt in the fourth. Ramon Jimenez had a huge day from the DH spot, with three hits, including a monster batter’s eye home run in the 6thinning. 

Hartford only outhit BC 14-13, but tallied seven runs, led by Jackson Olson (3 for 5, triple) and Chris Sullivan (2 for 3, HR, BB). Ardito opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first, followed by Chris Sullivan’s 2-run homerun in the first inning. Devin Kellogg sealed the game with a 2-RBI single in the 9thinning, which put Hartford up 7-4. 

Hopefully the Eagles can bounce back against #3 ranked NC State this weekend. They'll take on the Wolfpack at home on Friday at 4, Saturday at 2, and Sunday at 1.

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